Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's death anniversary: Path shown by 'iron man' will always inspire us, says Narendra Modi
Born in Gujarat's Nanded, Sardar Patel played a critical role in the Freedom Struggle. He is credited with uniting all 562 princely states of pre-Independent India
New Delhi: Paying tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his death anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed him as the "iron man" who laid the foundation of a strong and prosperous India.
"The path shown by him will always inspire us to protect the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country," the prime minister tweeted.
Patel, a freedom fighter who became India's first home minister and deputy prime minister, is credited with unifying hundreds of princely states with the Union of India following independence through a mix of persuasion, dialogue and even use of force when required.
The prime minister has often expressed his deep admiration and respect for him and has been the brain behind the Statue of Unity project in Gujarat, a tribute to Patel who had passed away in 1950.
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The total project cost around Rs 3,000 crore and its construction created over 12 lakh man-days of employment, the PMO said in a statement
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