Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday credited Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with uniting India after partition and said it was his timely intervention which helped save Jammu and Kashmir from “aggression”. In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address, he also urged the youth to participate in large numbers in the ‘run for unity’ being organised on October 31 to mark the birth anniversary of Patel.
Modi said, “If we are able to see a united India now, it was entirely on account of the sagacity and strategic wisdom of Sardar Patel.” He said this year, October 31 will be special as the statue of unity will be dedicated to the nation as a “true tribute” to Sardar Patel. Erected on the banks of the River Narmada in Gujarat, the structure is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US.
“This is the world’s tallest statue. Every Indian will now be proud to see the world’s tallest statue here on Indian soil. Sardar Patel, a true son of the soil will adorn our skies too,” he said. Modi will be dedicating the statue on coming Wednesday. He hoped that the statue will become a new tourist destination. In his address, the Prime Minister also paid tributes to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary, which is also on October 31.