New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Kevadia on the occasion of Patel’s 144th birth anniversary. Also Read - National Unity Day 2019: PM Modi Arrives in Ahmedabad, to Visit Statue of Unity on Sardar Patel’s Birth Anniversary | Know His Schedule Here

Since 2014, October 31 is observed as National Unity Day and people from all walks of life participated in the Run for Unity. Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off Run For Unity in New Delhi. PM Modi had urged people to participate in large numbers in the ‘Run for Unity’ in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on Sunday. Also Read - PM Modi to Visit 'Statue of Unity' on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Birth Anniversary on Oct 31

After participating in the Ekta Diwas Parade in Kevadia, PM Modi visited the Technology Demonstration Site. He will soon interact with the Civil Service Probationers at Kevadia. Also Read - Dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Atal Bihari Vajapyee Fulfilled: PM Modi on Article 370

The Prime Minister said that ‘Run for Unity’ is an event which is beneficial for the mind, body and soul. The ‘Run for Unity’ event is being organised on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was independent India’s first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister.

For this occasion, a web portal ‘‘ has also been launched wherein one can find information about various venues for the Run for Unity, that is being organised across the country.

Modi had in October 2018 inaugurated Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’ on the occasion his 143rd birth anniversary.

Located on Sadhu-Bet Island, Gujarat, the 182-metre tall statue occupies over 20,000 square meters and is surrounded by a 12 square km artificial lake.

(With agency inputs)

Live Updates

  • 11:40 AM IST

    National Unity Day LIVE: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman from Tamil Nadu participated in a walkathon on the occasion of 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Chennai.

  • 11:24 AM IST

    National Unity Day LIVE: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off ‘Run For Unity’ in Lucknow today.

  • 10:47 AM IST

  • 10:44 AM IST

    National Unity Day LIVE: Calling upon the whole nation, PM Modi concluded his speech in Gujarat’s Kevadia by saying, “Let us move forward by remembering the archaic proclamation that has always inspired us. Walk, talk in one voice, move with one mind.”

  • 10:43 AM IST

    National Unity Day LIVE: Reinstating Sardar Patel’s ideals, PM stated: “Sardar Saheb used to say, there is a lot of need for stability in India – Unity of Purpose, Unity of Aims and Unity of Endeavor. There should be equality in our objectives, equality in our goals and equality in our efforts.”

  • 10:42 AM IST

    National Unity Day LIVE: Addressing the gathering on the isolation of North-eastern part of India, PM Modi said, “Today the isolation of North East is turning into attachment. Decades-old problems are now moving towards a solution, a long period of violence and blockades is liberating the entire North East.”

  • 10:37 AM IST

  • 10:32 AM IST

    National Unity Day LIVE: PM Modi assured that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will scale new heights with new highways, new railway lines, new schools, new colleges, new hospitals and other upcoming development steps by the government. PM Modi added, “I am happy that from today all the govt employees of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh will be getting the benefits under the 7th Pay Commission as granted to the employees of other Union Territories.”

  • 10:30 AM IST

    National Unity Day LIVE: With the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, PM Modi noted, “Now there will be political stability in Jammu and Kashmir. Now, the game of forming and toppling governments for personal selfishness will stop.”

  • 10:28 AM IST

    National Unity Day LIVE: Commenting on the recent elections in Jammu and Kashmir, PM Modi said, “The participation of 98 per cent of Panch-sarpanches in the election of Block Development Council has a big message in itself.” Since Jammu and Kashmir is bifurcated into two union territories from Thursday, Modi added, “We are also happy that from today, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are moving towards a new future.”