History will seek answers from those who failed to project Sardar Patel: Narendra Modi

Modi also said that most states were in favour of Patel, and not Jawaharlal Nehru, heading the government after Independence

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2016 7:49 am
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TAKING A swipe at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said “history will seek answers” from those who did not project Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the past. He hailed the country’s first Home Minister as a leader who did nothing for his family, and his family also did not take a “copyright” over him.

Modi also said that most states were in favour of Patel, and not Jawaharlal Nehru, heading the government after Independence, but Sardar accepted Mahatma Gandhi’s wishes, which saw Nehru become the first Prime Minister.

In a lighter vein, he said perhaps Gandhi, being a Gujarati himself, did not want to pick another Gujarati.

Flagging off the ceremony of ‘Run for Unity’ on Patel’s birth anniversary, which the Modi government is celebrating as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, the Prime Minister said that a national icon is being “projected in Delhi in this manner” so many years after Independence, and after Patel’s dearth.

“It should have happened 40, 50 or 60 years ago, but I don’t know why it was not done. History will seek answers for those who have not done it. We only moved forward on this with the aim of doing something,” Modi said.

Speaking at another event where he inaugurated a digital exhibition on Patel’s life, Modi said he is surprised that he is sometimes asked what right does he have, as a BJP leader, to celebrate Patel’s birth anniversary. “But Sardar was the kind of person whose family has not taken any copyright. Anyway, in public life he did not do anything for his family. Whatever he did was as duty for the country,” he said in another unnamed swipe at the Gandhi family. Modi said that some people were so great that attempts over the last nearly 70 years to ensure that their contributions are forgotten have had no success.

The Congress has time and again accused the BJP of trying to “appropriate” Patel’s legacy, while many BJP leaders maintain that the contribution of Patel and many other leaders of the freedom struggle were “ignored” at the cost of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

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    Sampat
    Nov 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm
    Indira hi too should have been remembered.
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      Chander Pal
      Nov 1, 2016 at 12:26 am
      To honor Sardar Patel, government should ask RBI to issue currency notes with portrait of Sardar Patel
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        Albert Colaco
        Nov 1, 2016 at 1:31 pm
        What's this? Sounds crazy to rant about the past? There must be an ulterior motive. Ahem! embly elections are round the corner. For God's sake, let the dead sleep in peace.
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          MyTake
          Nov 1, 2016 at 3:38 am
          Nehruite considered themselves the brown Sahebs and India owes them everything!
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            SubbuI
            Nov 1, 2016 at 5:51 am
            NALAYAK NMODI.DO YOU ONLY BOUGHT COPY RIGHT OF SARDAR PATEL 21/2 YEARS BACK. AND WHY YOU ARE DIONG PATEL KI I AND AMBEDKAR KI I MORE NOW ADAYS. DO YOU THINK WE DON'T UNDRESTAND YOUR DIBOLICAL MOTIVE? WHERE WERE YOU OR YOUR FATHER WHEN IDEPENDANCE STRUGGLE BY HI. NEHRU.PATEL AND OTHER CONGRESSMEN? YOUR GOD FATHER SAVARKAR SOLD HIM TO BRITSH. BESHARAM KUCH DANG KA KAAM KARO. GO TO SRINAGAR AND DO UNITY RUN.lt;br/gt;SCHOOL ARE BURNNT THERE.CURFEW IS ON FOR FOUR MONTHS NOW. MEET THE BLINDED KASHMIRIS. SEE THE KILLED KASHMIRI'S FAMILY. DON'T YOU FEEL GUILTY AND ASHAMED? YOU ARE A FAILURE AS ON NOW.
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              TIHAEwale
              Nov 1, 2016 at 7:19 am
              even that is not possible for that u need to have a wife and admit in public. just like dogs tail cannot be straightened Feku56 mind will never shed hatred towards JL Nehru, Indira hi or Rajiv
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                Pulkit
                Nov 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm
                Nothing they ever did to become and Icon.
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                  Surya
                  Nov 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm
                  He has gone insane. Sardar Patel was all on his own. He remain alive in the heart of each and every Indian. He does not need Modi to grab recognition. Deeds of people speak for them.
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