Dass Bihar counterpart, Nitish Kumar, paid floral tributes to Patel along with Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik at a state function in Patna. The day is marked by oath-taking ceremonies to uphold the nation's unity, Run for Unity, Poster and Quiz competitions and exhibitions to highlight Sardar Patel's role at the critical juncture in Indian history. He also asked BJP workers to follow Patels path and philosophy.
"Different languages and dialects, different dressing styles, different food habits, different faiths, but still it is in our ethos to be united for the nation", Modi said.
Parrikar said he got an opportunity to read about Patel when he was defence minister.
He flagged off the Run for Unity in Jammu and said that the run was for re-discovering Patels legacy to unite the country.
A large number of people, including sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari participated in the Run.
Patel was made the minister in charge of the state's department on June 27, 1947. He led the merger of several small States into the Indian Union. "It was Sardar Patels firm will power, his political sagacity and farsightedness that helped the country overcome the challenge smoothly without bloodshed", Paul in Dehradun. He said that efforts to destroy unity and integrity of the country will not be tolerated and will be given a befitting reply.
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