Run, pledges mark Patel anniversary
- Services of the ‘Iron Man of India’ recalled
Hyderabad: Various programmes were held in Hyderabad on Monday as part of the week-long celebrations of the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Various government and private organizations have chalked out events focusing on what Patel stood for in his lifetime: unity and national integrity. The programmes being conducted for a week from October 31 to November 6 include Vigilance Week, unity pledge, etc.
Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and BJP state party leaders, including Telangana State party chief Dr K Laxman garlanded the Patel’s statue near the State Assembly.
Speaking on the occasion, Dattatreya said it was Sardar Patel, who played a major role in liberation of Hyderabad from the clutches of erstwhile ruler Nizam. Had Sardar Patel, known as Iron Man of India, not taken the initiative to send troops to encircle then princely State of Hyderabad, then Nizam would not have surrendered and today there would not have been a Telangana State, he observed.
Addressing the gathering, Laxman reiterated party’s demand to celebrate September 17 as Hyderabad Liberation Day officially. He wondered when the entire country celebrated the day as the ‘National Unity Day’ why Chief Minister KCR and his ministers were not attending the commemoration function.
Run for unity
The South Central railway organized “Run for Unity” at Rail Nilayam. A large number of people participated in the event as part of the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ .
The event began with SCR General Manager Ravindra Gupta administering Unity Pledge to officers and staff. The Run led by the General Manager started from Rail Nilayam and ended at Railway Sports Complex.
Ravindra Gupta also administered a Vigilance Pledge to the officers and staff at the SCR headquarters to bring about integrity and transparency in all spheres of work and to eradicate corruption. The pledge was organised as part of Vigilance Awareness Week.
Rashtriya Ekta Diwas at PIB
Dr PJ Sudhakar, Additional Director-General, Press Information Bureau, Hyderabad, delivered Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture at CGO towers, Kavadiguda in Secunderabad. He administered Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge and Central Vigilance Day pledge to the staff of media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and other Central government employees working at CGO Towers, Kavadiguda. Earlier, the staff paid floral tributes to a portrait of Sardar Patel.