Bhubaneswar, Oct 31 (LocalWire) Thousands of people from all walks of life on Thursday joined the Run for Unity organised here on the occasion of 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patal as part of a national event.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off the event in which BJP MP from Bhubaneswar Aparajita Sarangi, other party leaders, sports personalities and youngsters in large number participated.
Paying rich tributes to Patel, the former home minister of India, Pradhan said ‘Run for Unity’ is a marathon dedicated to Sardar Patel.
It encourages India to run together. Patel was a great freedom fighter of India who played an important role in unifying the country by integrating different princely states, he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had fulfilled the ‘One India’ dream of Patel by integrating Jammu and Kashmir in India revoking Article 370, he said.
Sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik also paid rich tribute to Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary with a giant sand art of the ‘iron man’ at Puri sea beach.