Addressing the crowds gathered to observe the 141st birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the National Science centre at Pragat Maidan, PM Narendra Modi remarked upon how he follows the ideology of Sardar Patel despite the latter being from the Congress party.
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“I am BJP and Sardar Patel was from Congress, but I still follow his ideology and beliefs which is from no part,” said PM Modi adding further that “no one has copyright over Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel”.
Speaking about the contributions made my Sardar Patel for the sake of the nation, Modi said, “The concept of women reservation was first introduced by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel but his proposal was thrown in garbage back then.”
The birth anniversary of Sardar Patel is being celebrated with “integration of India” as the theme. One of the founding fathers of the Indian Republic, Sardar Patel had played a key role in the successful integration of all the princely states within the Indian union.
In his address on Monday, Modi spoke about the need for national unity in India. “Imagine what kind of power Sardar Patel held that rulers agreed for integration during independence on his call.”
He added further that “we feel proud when our children speak fluent Spanish or French, but why can’t we learn our regional languages like Tamil or Odiya.”
“We see states getting in agreement with foreign countries for developmental projects, why can’t we do the same within the country? Why can’t states within the country get into an agreement with each other and help in development of the country? We have taken ‘unity’ for granted, anti-social elements have taken this as an opportunity to sow seeds for divide,” said Modi.