Thousands participate in 'Run for Unity' in Jaipur

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Jaipur, Dec 15: Thousands of people led by Olympian Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today participated in the 'Run for Unity' marathon held here, organised on the 63rd death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

People including hundreds of children dressed in their jogging suits ran on a 2-km stretch from Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial to Statue Circle on Janpath here.

The run was a show of support for a giant statue of Sardar Patel to be built in the middle of Narmada in Gujarat, Rathore who joined the BJP before the Assembly polls said.

The statue is billed as a dream project of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

The statue is billed as a dream project of BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi.

LED monitors, playing audio-visual message of the Gujarat Chief Minister, were installed at Amar Jawan Jyoti here, party spokesman Vimal Katiyar said, adding that 8,000 people had registered for today's run.

Similar runs were organised by state BJP in 32 districts where hundreds of people from all walks of life participated, he said.

The run was likely to be flagged off by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje but she did not come and kept people and organisers waiting for a while.

Meanwhile, major roads leading to the venue were blocked by traffic police for about 3 to 4 hours causing inconvenience to general public.


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