Tripura | CM Biplab Deb runs for unity on Rastriya Ekta Diwas in state


AGARTALA | October 31, 2018 (UNI):

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today flagged off the rally – Run for Unity at Vivekananda stadium here on the occasion of Rastriya Ekta Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of first deputy prime minister of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

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Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma attended the formal inauguration of statue of unit built in memory of Sardar Patel at Gandhinagar.

Hundreds of people from different walks of life, Chief Minister Deb along with his cabinet colleagues, BJP MLAs and security force personnel take part in the run to spread the message of unity in diversity in the country.

Inaugurating the event this morning, Mr Deb appreciated the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for according honour to Bharat Ratna Sardar Patel who contributed a lot for India's freedom movement.

The role of Patel to unite diverse Indians against British rulers has also been remembered by Deb.

"Sardar Patel had brought together more than 550 princely provinces of independent India by his dedication, commitment and sheer hard work towards one India. He had also undertaken legendary work for peasants and farmers of the country. We are here today because of Patel like leaders but the previous government of the country did not recognise him," Deb stated.

He however, mentioned that Prime Minister Modi has set another milestone of development by constructing world's tallest statue of Patel, symbolizing the unity. Before the world knew 153 metre height China's Spring Temple Buddha – the tallest statue of the globe but today the statue of unity, became the tallest statue, which is
about100ft taller than Buddha, Deb mentioned.

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Besides, Agartala, all other district headquarters have been celebrating the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel by organizing seminar, rallies, film shows and exhibition across the state. The educational institutions of the state have also remembered Patel today in various programs.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma attended the formal unveiling ceremony of the tallest statue of the world with a height of 182 metre at Kevadiya Colony in Gujarat's Narmada district today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in presence of Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states of the country.

"Apart from being an important historical grandeur, this engineering marvel also shatters all world records and shall be the tallest statue of the world with a height. It will be a matter of pride for all citizens of the country, and probably the best salutation and honor that can be given to any hero of the national freedom struggle," Dev Varma
told UNI over phone.

The project was first announced in 2010 when PM Modi was the Gujarat CM. Subsequently, the state government set up a special purpose vehicle for the construction of the statue. Modi, as the then CM, had laid the foundation stone in October 2013 and engineering firm L&T was awarded the contract.