It was a spectacle which 8,000-odd Jaipurites would remember for life and feel proud of. They took part in the ‘Run For Unity,’ a ceremonial run held by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in memory of India’s Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 63rd death anniversary on Sunday.
Boys and girls, men and women, including senior citizens, were led by Olympic silver medallist Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore in the run. Dressed in sports gears, some runners were seen sipping water from their bottles while some were trying to get ahead of the others.
Hundreds of schoolkids also came who were seen holding banners and placards of their respective schools.
They were full of energy and enthusiasm during the two-kilometre run that began from Amar Jawan Jyoti, reached Rambagh Circle and then concluded at Statue Circle. 60-year-old Jagdish Sharma, who had come to run, said he was proud of running with the youngsters and that it was a wonderful move by the BJP to bring citizens together.
“I’m all game for this as I feel ecstatic to be here with so many fresh legs surrounding me. It is a great move to bring people together. No matter what the world says about Narendra Modi, he is a great man, one who has respect for the country,” said Sharma. After the run concluded, Rajyawardhan Rathore said, “It was a great run and it was a show of support for the proposed giant statue of Sardar Patel to be built in the middle of Narmada in Gujarat.”
LED monitors, playing audio-visual message of Gujarat chief minister, were installed at Amar Jawan Jyoti. Similar runs were organised by state BJP in 32 districts where thousands of people from all walks of life participated. The run was to be flagged off by chief minister Vasundhara Raje but she did not come. People and organisers kept waiting for her.
BJP leaders like Ghanshyam Tiwari, Arun Chaturvedi, along with Shailendra Bhargava, district coordinator, BJP, were present during the event.
Major roads leading to the venue were blocked by traffic police for about four hours, thus causing inconvenience to the general public.