There was an enthusiastic support in Indore for the “Run for Unity”, organized by Iron Collection Cooperation Committee (ICCC) to observe the 63rd death anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Patel on Sunday.
The run for unity was organised at more than 500 locations across the country. BJP national general secretary Thawar Chand Gehlot along with Mayor Krishna Murari Moghe, and Shankar Lalwani flagged off the run from the statue of Patel.
Gehlot said that Sardar Patel had moved throughout the country to unite over 500 principalities as he wanted entire country to be united. To pay tribute to such a great leader, a statue of unity is being erected in Gujarat, the BJP leader said.
The purpose of the run is to pay tribute of Sardar Patel and participation of maximum number of people in the construction of tallest statue in the world the “Statue of Unity”. The ICCC is collecting iron scrap from people all across the country for the statue. The statue of unity will not only be a symbol of national unity but also a tribute to the towering personality of Sardar Patel, said Gehlot.
Sudarshan Gupta, Anju Makhija, Dr Umashashi Sharma, Kamal Vaghela, Kamlesh Sharma, Kailash Yadav, Ramdas Garg, Satish Sharma, Sandhya Yadav and many others were present on the occasion.
Although BJP leaders have called this a non-political event, it is believed that the party has started its run for the Lok Sabha elections.
The opposition parties have called the event politically inspired. “BJP is using name of Sardar Patel to garner support of people for the Lok Sabha election. It is not a run for unity but Narendra Modi’s run for Delhi,” said senior Congress leader Rajesh Chouksey.