Vastavam web: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Sunday visited the Statue of Unity dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Narmada district of Gujarat. He also visited the house of the first Union home minister of India and his memorial at Karamsad town in Anand district. The vice president was in Gujarat to attend the closing ceremony of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar Sunday. After visiting the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world, VP Naidu said it is a “befitting memorial to Sardar Patel”.
The 182-metre tall statue was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October last year. Lauding PM Modi “for taking up the initiative to build the State of Unity”, the VP said he had always felt that a due recognition was not given to Sardar Patel in the past. The vice president said that all Indians, particularly the youth, should visit the statue to draw inspiration and know the history.
“It was the responsibility of every citizen who owes allegiance to the Constitution of India to do everything to uphold the unity of our country,” the vice president said. Later in the evening, VP Naidu visited Karamsad, the home town of Sardar Patel. “Inspite of many Congress committees recommending his name for president of congress party, he politely refused following the advice of Mahatma Gandhi that incident shows that he was never after power,” he stated.
The vice president also visited the memorial built in the memory of Sardar Patel and his brother Vithalbhai Patel near Karamsad town. The memorial is managed by Sardar Patel Trust. VP Naidu donated Rs 5 lakh to the trust during the visit.