Unity call, pledge, rally mark Sardar Patel tribute events

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 31st Oct: Honouring the priceless contribution of Sardar Vallabhai Patel towards unifying the country, the state observed Rashtriya Ekta Diwas at the parade ground of 1st Manipur Rifles Battalion here and in various parts of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister N Biren Singh recounted Sardar Patel's endeavour to build a strong united India.
He said that Sardar Patel was a prominent national leader who stood boldly against the oppressive policy of the British and participated in Civil disobedience movement, Peasants’ movement, Quit India Movement, etc. Sardar Patel is fondly referred to as Patron Saint of India’s Civil Servants for his contribution towards introduction of Modern All India Services System, he added.
The Chief Minister stated that when there is integrity and unity among ourselves we can build a strong and developed Nation. With a strong commitment, the present government has reduced the gap between the hills and valley so as to bring development in the state. "We should refrain from narrow minded attitude and opportunistic thoughts that could bring disunity among the communities living in the state, he cautioned.
The Chief Minister received the salute from seven march past contingents. Additional Director of Manipur Police Training College Asana Sarangthem was the parade commander of the march past parade.
CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam, Education minister Th Radheshyam, MLAs and high ranking civil and police officers attended the observance.
As a part of the nationwide campaign, 109 Battalion CRPF observed the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) at unit headquarter Mongsangei.
The function was attended by commandant Vinod Kumar and all officers and unit personnel. Vinod also administered pledges to the CRPF personnel to stand firm to bring peace and uphold unity, integrity, harmony and internal security of the nation, conveyed a statement of the battalion.
Loktak Power Station (LPS) celebrated Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on at Office of Chief Engineer (I/c), LPS with high enthusiasm and zeal. LPS CMO Dr LP Singh administered the unity pledge to all the employees to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, an LPS statement said. 54 Battalion BSF celebrated ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ at its Loktak headquarters during which a ‘Run for Unity’ participated by officers and jawans was organised. It was followed by march past by troops and pledge taking ceremony administered by MKT Simte, second-in-command of the battalion.
Battalion officials also visited Bal Vidya Mandir School, Ningthoukhong and presented sports items and two water storage (two 500 litres capacity syntax) to principal Laishram Keshav Singh.
5th IRB, Thenguchingjin, organised a mini marathon (Run for Unity) in connection with birth anniversary of Sadar Patel from Sekmai Bazar to Thenguching (about 7 kilometres) and was participated by 50 unit personnel.
Company Operating Base Mayang Imphal under command Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles organised a ‘Poster Making Competition’ on the occasion of the 5th National Unity Day at Khuman High School, Khuman Maheikol. Students from Class V to VIII took part in the competition.
Winners of best posters were awarded and sweets distributed amongst the students. A pledge was taken by the students and school staff to follow the path shown by Sardar Patel.
BJP Manipur Pradesh also organised a rally under the theme ‘Run for Unity’ to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.
Chief minister N Biren flagged off the rally from Yumnam Leikai Lairembi ground and also participated in the rally, which culminated at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound, Imphal where the participants took the unity pledge.
Prior to the flagging off ceremony, Biren infored that similar rallies are being organised across the country as part of unveiling the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
BJP leaders and workers took part in the rally.
MOREH: Tengnoupal district police organised a mini marathon on the theme ‘Run for Unity’ as part of the observance. SP Tengnoupal Dr Ibomcha flagged off the rally at 6.30 am in the presence of additional SP K Robinsun, SDPO Sandip Gopal Das, Moreh PS OC Letkhohao Vaiphei and leaders of different CSOs in Moreh. Later, prizes were distributed to top three winners and several consolation winners.
SENAPATI: Spreading the message of “Unity in Diversity”, National Service Scheme of Don Bosco College Maram observed National Unity Day on Wednesday.
In the “run for unity” like previous year around 300 NSS volunteers enthusiastically participated in a short marathon around the premises of the college to evoke the spirit of integrity among the colleagues and fellow mates. The programme culminated with thoughtful and inspirational message delivered by principal of the college Fr(Dr) KO Sebastian who stressed on national security and communal harmony to maintain peace and unity among all citizens of the country.
KAKCHING: District administration, Kakching organised Rashtriya Ekta Diwas at Kakching DC office complex and was attended by Kakching DC Neilenthang Telien, SP Victoria Yengkhom, DLOs, staff and local people.
THOUBAL: District Administration, Thoubal also observed Rashtrya Ekta Diwas as well as "Rashtrya Sankalp Diwas", the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the conference hall of DC office, Thoubal.
Thoubal DC Haobam Rosita administered the oath to uphold the unity, integrity and security of the nation and promote communal harmony where the officials who took the oath pledged not to give any scope for violence. DLOs, officers and staff of DC office were present on the occasion.
As a part of the programme, ‘Run for Unity’ marathon race was also flagged off from Wangjing-Kodompokpi Sports Complex to Khongjom War Memorial Complex gate. It was flagged off by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), Manipur director Jacky Ruivah. The race was participated by NYK Thoubal District Youth coordinator Yumnam Lakshman, NYK Imphal West L Narjit and many youths from Manipur, Nagaland and Madhya Pradesh.


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