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PM Modi, VP Naidu Pay Tributes To Sardar Patel On His Death Anniversary

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is credited with unifying hundreds of princely states with the Union of India following independence

PM Modi, VP Naidu Pay Tributes To Sardar Patel On His Death Anniversary
PM Narendra Modi | PTI photo
PM Modi, VP Naidu Pay Tributes To Sardar Patel On His Death Anniversary
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2020-12-15T11:13:42+05:30

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, he said in a tweet.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also  paid tributes to India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his death anniversary, saying his unparalleled effort in integrating more than 560 princely states with the Indian Union will forever inspire every citizen.

Patel 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.

"My humble tributes to the leader I admire most -- the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel -- on his death anniversary. His contribution to the Indian freedom struggle and his unparalleled effort in integrating more than 560 princely states with the Indian Union will forever inspire every Indian," the vice president secretariat tweeted quoting Naidu.

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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