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In the 49th episode of Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, Remembering Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the nation to participate in large numbers in the ‘Run For Unity’ on October 31 to celebrate his birth anniversary.
PM Modi said, "The 31st of October is the birth anniversary of our beloved Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This year too, the youth of the country is all set, to take part in the ‘Run for Unity’. The weather too these days is pleasant. I urge you to participate in the largest possible numbers in this run for unity."
PM Modi also said the 31st of October of this year will be special as we shall dedicate the statue of the unity of the nation as a true tribute to Sardar Patel.
"The 31st of October this year will be special on one more account- on this day, we shall dedicate the statue of unity of the nation as a true tribute to Sardar Patel. Erected on the banks of river Narmada in Gujarat, the structure is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty," PM Modi said.
"This is the world’s tallest skyscraping 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 added.
PM Modi has also shared the experience of his meetings with Para Athletes who participated in the Asian Para Games 2018 held at Jakarta and winners of the Summer youth Olympics 2018 held in Argentina.
"I got an opportunity to meet our Para Athletes who participated in the Asian Para Games 2018 held at Jakarta. These athletes bagged a tally of 72 medals, creating a new, unprecedented record, bringing glory to the nation. I was fortunate to get an opportunity to meet all these talented athletes personally. I congratulated them. Their grit and determination; their resolve to overcome all odds in the path of success is indeed inspiring for all our countrymen," PM Modi said.
"Similarly, I was blessed with a chance to meet our winners of the Summer youth Olympics 2018 held in Argentina. You will be pleased to know that in the Summer Youth Olympics 2018, the performance of our youth was the best ever. At this event, we won 13 medals besides 3 in mixed events. You may recall that even, in the recent Asian Games, India’s performance was par excellence," he added.