National Unity Day – Rashtriya Ekta Diwas – is being observed across the country today, on the occasion of the 144th birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Since 2014, October 31st is observed as the National Unity Day and people from all walks of life participate in the ‘Run For Unity’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the ‘Statue of Unity’ at Kevadiya in Gujarat to pay tributes to Sardar Patel. Later, he will witness the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Parade’ by personnel of Gujarat Police and central armed forces. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said Mr Modi will also visit a technology demonstration site and interact with civil service probationers at Kevadiya.
In his latest Mann ki Baat address on All India Radio, Mr Modi urged people to participate in large numbers in the ‘Run For Unity’. He said it is a symbol of unison and shows that the country is moving in one direction and collectively aims for Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat.
The programme was announced by the Prime Minister on October 31, 2015 on the 140th birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. It aims to actively enhance interaction between people of diverse cultures living in different States and Union territories in the country, with the objective of promoting greater mutual understanding
The Prime Minister reached Ahmedabad last night. He was received by Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel Patel and others.
In the National Capital, New Delhi, Home Minister Amit Shah will flag off a commemorative Run For Unity from New Delhi’s Major Dhyanchand National Stadium at 7.10 AM today.
The Delhi Metro services started from 4 AM from all terminal stations across the national capital to facilitate the participants of the event.