In pics: Narendra Modi-led 'Run for Unity' for Sardar Patel

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Vadodara, Dec 15: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flagged off 'Run for Unity', which sought to drum up support for his pet 'Statue of Unity' project, on the 63rd death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel here this morning.

Here are the pics of the historic event in remembrance of the "Iron Man of India", the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel:

In pics: Run For Unity

"This run is being organised with a determination to unite the people, unite the villages and unite the nation," Modi said, adding that it was about "patriotism".

In pics: Run For Unity

"This is an effort to fulfil the dreams and aspirations of all Indians. Please do not view it from prism of politics," Modi said.

In pics: Run For Unity

In Vadodara, Modi said, "Gujarat has moved ahead due to spirit of peace, unity and 'sad-bhavana'."

In pics: Run For Unity

Gujarat government is building a gigantic statue of Sardar Patel -- 'Statue of Unity' -- which it claims would be the world's tallest statue -- on Sadhu Bet in Narmada river.

In pics: Run For Unity

The run will also start a campaign for collection of iron from all over the country for the statue. It is being organised simultaneously in 1,100 places, and lakhs of people are expected to participate.

In pics: Run For Unity

Paying rich tributes to Patel, Modi said, "Sardar Patel devoted his life to unify the nation. He integrated the common people in the freedom struggle and made efforts to rid the nation of the colonial mindset. He undid the mindset of divisiveness and united the nation"

In pics: Run For Unity

"When we remember Gandhiji we remember truth, non-violence, sacrifice, simplicity, Satyagraha; when we remember Sardar Patel, we remember Ekta, Surajya and Kisan (unity, good governance and the farmer)," Modi said.

In pics: Run For Unity

Saying that India's diversity was its strength, the Gujarat Chief Minister added: "Our diversity is not something that is on paper. It is the manifestation of our strength. It is not only our identity but also our tradition."

In pics: Run For Unity

"Good governance" was the need of the hour, said Modi, BJP's candidate for Prime Minister, in an apparent potshot at Congress-led UPA government.

In pics: Run For Unity

Modi said that Run of Unity is aiming to fulfill the aspirations and dreams of the people of the country, he also added, "Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel spent his lifetime uniting the country. When we remember Sardar Patel, it reminds us of his teachings on unity, Swarajya and farmers."

In pics: Run For Unity

The run comprises 5 km, 15 km and 21 km distances and is being held simultaneously in 1,100 places across the country.

In pics: Run For Unity

All the arrangements have been made at the huge Navlakhi compound located in the middle of the city for parking 20,000 vehicles and 5,000 two wheelers.

 

 

In pics: Run For Unity

Senior BJP leader L K Advani flagged off the run in Ahmedabad. He said the event was a true tribute to Patel and praised the people for turning up in large numbers.

In pics: Run For Unity

Scores of people participated in the 'Run for Unity' marathon  on Sunday, to mark the 63rd death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

In pics: Run For Unity

An initiative of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the run was held at the Marina and is being held simultaneously in 1,100 places across the country.

In pics: Run For Unity

Party's national spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, who was present among a host of local leaders including BJP state president Pon.Radhakrishnan, said the initiative is aimed at spreading the cause of the national unity.

In pics: Run For Unity

Others present in the run were former Tamil Nadu DGP R Nataraj and Traders Association chief T Vellayan.

In pics: Run For Unity

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has announced setting up a 182 meter, world's "tallest" statue for Patel, seeking to collect iron for the statue from across the country.

In pics: Run For Unity

More than 30,000 people from different walks of life participated in 'Run for Unity' marathon this morning held at 14 centres in Kerala to mark the 63rd death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

In pics: Run For Unity

In Kerala, Sivagiri Math Secretary Guru Prasad flagged off the marathon in the city and Olympian K M Beenamol were among the prominent personalities participated in the run.

In pics: Run For Unity

The Sardar Vallabhai Patel Ekta Trust, organisers of theevent, has also constituted a Loha Sanghrahana Samiti to collect the agriculture tools and sand for the construction of the proposed statue. The Samiti would collect small quantity of mud and ironagriculture tools from across seven thousand villages in the country.

In pics: Run For Unity

Modi said the Statue of Unity will be a fitting tribute to the towering figure of unity in the country. "Sardar sahib was the source, inspiration, and embodiment of unity. That is why, to make this Statue of Unity, we have taken the mission to join all seven lakh villages of India ...When we remember Gandhiji, we remember truth, non-violence, sacrifice, simplicity, and Satyagraha. Similarly, Sardar Patel stands for unity, good governance and the farmer," he said.

In Dharamshala

BJP Leaders Shanta Kumar and others participate in' Run for Unity' event organised on the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel in Dharamshala on Sunday.

In Lucknow

People participate in a "Run for Unity" organised by BJP on Sardar Vallabh Patel's death anniversary, in Lucknow on Sunday.

In Coimbatoe

Participants run during the 'Run for Unity' event organised on the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel in Coimbatore on Sunday.

In New Delhi

BJP President Rajnath Singh participate in 'Run for Unity' marathon, in New Delhi on Sunday.

In Jaipur

People Participates in 'Run for Unity' Marathon in Jaipur on Sunday.

In New Delhi

BJP President Rajnath Singh, leader Harsh Vardhan and Vijay Goel participate in 'Run for Unity' marathon, in New Delhi on Sunday.

In Jammu

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President Anurag Thakur participates in the 'Run for Unity' event on the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, in Jammu on Sunday.

In New Delhi

Huge crowd turns out to participate in the Run for Unity on Sardar Vallabh Patel's death anniversary, in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

In New Delhi

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi making the inaugural speech during the 'Run for Unity' event organised on the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, in Vadodara on Sunday.

In Patna

BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav and Ravi Shankar Prasad participate in the Run for Unity event on Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel's death anniversary, in Patna on Sunday.

In Ahmedabad

Senior BJP leader L K Advani exhibits a book on the life of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel during the Run for Unity event, in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

In Ahmedabad

Huge crowd turns out to participate in the Run for Unity on SardarVallabh Patel's death anniversary, in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

OneIndia News

(With PTI inputs)

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