Kevadia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday participated in the celebrations of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day marking the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.Also Read - PM Modi to Launch Seaplane Service From Ahmedabad to Statue of Unity (Kevadia) Today in Major Push to India's Tourism

PM Modi paid a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary at the Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Kevadia on Saturday morning. Also Read - SpiceJet Announces Rs 1500 Seaplane Flight to Statue of Unity. Details Inside

The Prime Minister also witnessed the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas parade on this occasion. Also Read - National Unity Day: PM Modi Attends Police Technology Exhibition in Kevadia

PM Modi is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic. He will address 428 Officer Trainees belonging to various Civil Services currently undergoing the Foundation Course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie through video conference.

PM Modi will also launch the seaplane service connecting the Statue of Unity in Kevadia with Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad.

Earlier on Saturday,  the Prime Minister tweeted, “A humble tribute to Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the pioneer of national unity and integrity, on his birth anniversary. Tributes to the great Sardar Patel on his Jayanti.”

Sardar Patel, who is credited with uniting all 562 princely states of the pre-independent country to build the Republic of India, passed away on December 15, 1950.

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    PM Modi’s seaplane has landed in the water aerodrome at Sabarmati Riverfront, Ahmedabad.

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    The seaplane carrying PM Modi is about to land on the waters of Sabarmati Riverfront after a 40 minute journey of around 200 kms

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    PM Modi will also take his maiden seaplane tour after inaugurating the service at the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad.

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    PM Modi will shortly flag off the seaplane service connecting the Statue of Unity in Kevadia with Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad.

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    “The country can never forget that some people were not saddened at the sacrifice of the security personnel during the Pulwama attack. At that time, these people were only doing politics…I request them not to do such politics in the interest of the nation,” says PM Modi.