Unity walk, padayatra and unity pledge marked celebration of ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanthi,’ birth anniversary of India’s iron man, celebrated as ‘Ekta Diwas,’ National Unity Day on Thursday.
As a mark of tribute to the leader on the occasion of his 144th birth anniversary, personnel from INS Parundu – the Indian Naval Air Station at Uchipuli took out a padayatra with their family members, including women and children.
Station Commanding Officer Venkatesh R Iyer flagged off the walk, organised by the Rotary Club of Ramnad. Club president S. Nagarajan and Rotarian A Shanmuga Rajeswaran participated in the walk from GSM Mahal to the Seethakathi Sethupathy Sports Stadium. At the end, the personnel took national unity pledge and administered the pledge to those who had gathered at the stadium.
In Sivaganga, personnel of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) took out a run and took national unity pledge. Collector J. Jayakanthan administered national unity pledge to the Collectorate staff. In Ramanathapuram, District Revenue Officer S. Muthumari administered the pledge to government employees.
The district unit of the BJP took out a rally, celebrating 150 years of Mahatma, the birth anniversary of Patel and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attire in dhoti and angavastram in Mahabalipuram.
Led by BJP State vice president D. Kuppuramu and district president K Muraleedharan, party volunteers took part in the rally, wearing dhoti and angavastram. They wore dhoti and angavastram to thank the Prime Minister Narendra for wearing Tamils’ traditional dress of dhoti and angavastram during the informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram, the leaders said.