Thousands 'Run for Unity' As A Tribute To Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

| October 31 , 2018 , 13:24 IST

On the occasion of the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, 'Run For Unity' marathon was held in the national capital, New Delhi on Wednesday.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore flagged off the 'Run for Unity' amidst loud cheers of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'.

National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is observed every year on October 31 that coincides with the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. The 'Run for Unity' was inaugurated last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to the media reports around 12,000 people took part in the marathon in New Delhi, including 3,000 school children, 300 ex-servicemen and a number of senior citizens, despite the thick haze.

Before the start of the marathon, Rajnath Singh took a Unity pledge along with the participants to follow the path laid out by Sardar Patel and maintain unity in the nation.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba, boxer and Rajya Sabha member MC Mary Kom, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, hockey legend Zafar Iqbal and weightlifter Karnam Malleswari were also present at the event.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was seen participating in the marathon in Bhubaneswar, while Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman flagged off and participated in the 'Run For Unity' in Chennai.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off the marathon in Guwahati.

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