Kurukshetra, Nov 1 (UNI) Ironman Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel was a Punjabi Gujjar, it was revealed during the Patel Jayanti function organised by the Haryana Gujjar Sabha here today.
In response to the query of a young participant Pooja from Palwal, Mr Yashbir Singh, president of the Haryana Gujjar Sabha clarified that Sardar Patel was not only a gujjar, but also that the country's first home minister's ancestors hailed from Hoshiarpur district in Punjab.
The family had shifted to Jhansi in 1360 AD and then further to Maharashtra and Gujarat, Mr Singh asserted referring to a visit, along with Chamanbhai Patel, then Chief Minister of Gujarat, to the family priest of the Patels residing in Baroda, who still maintained the genealogical history of Sardar Patel's family.
About 100 delegates from all over country participated in the function under the chairmanship of Chaudhary Nand Lal, MLA of Balachaur and chief parliamentary secretary, Local gujjar leader Ram Rattan Kataria presided over the function.
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