31 October: National Unity Day in India
The National Unity Day was observed across India on 31 October 2015 to commemorate the birthday of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. On this occasion of 140th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, PM Narendra Modi flagged off Run for Unity at Rajpath in New Delhi.
Moreover, on this day, all ministries and departments of the government and all the state governments and administrators of all the Union Territories organise programmes including the Pledge-taking Ceremony, Run for Unity involving people from all sections of society.
The day was observed in various states as well. Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan too flagged off the Run for Unity from State Central Library in Shillong where more than one thousand people including students took part in the run organized by Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills District Administration.
The Modi government in October 2014 declared 31 October as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day to mark the birth anniversary of country's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Born in 1875, Patel served as the Home Minister of India from 15 August 1947 till his death on 15 December 1950. He played key roles in organising peasants' movements in Kheda, Borsad and Bardoli in Gujarat and promoting the Quit India Movement against the British regime.
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