Political leaders pay homage to ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy also paid homages and revered the leader as the 'architect' of modern India.

BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 15, 2023 | 5:55 PMUpdatedDec 15, 2023 | 5:55 PM

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

On the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, on Friday, 15 December, various leaders from across the country paid homage to the first Home Minister of India.

Known as the “Iron Man of India”, Patel is credited for bringing the princely states into the Indian Union post Independence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to India’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his death anniversary, saying his exemplary work guides us towards building a stronger and more united country.

Given the epithet of “Sardar” for his leadership qualities, Patel is lauded as the architect of modern India who was instrumental in integrating hundreds of princely states into the Union with deft use of persuasion and, when required, force.

“Tributes to the great Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his Punya Tithi. His visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to the nation’s unity laid the foundations of modern India,” Modi said on X.

“His exemplary work guides us towards building a stronger, more united country. We continue to draw inspiration from his life and work towards realising his dream of a prosperous India,” he added.

AP and Telangana CMs pay homage

Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy also paid homages and revered the leader as the architect of Modern India.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, on Friday, paid homage to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and freedom fighter Potti Sriramulu on their death anniversary.

The Chief Minister paid floral tributes to the leaders’ portraits at the state secretariat accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister K Satyanarayana, Education Minister B Satyanarayana, and Bapatla MP Nandigam Suresh.

Chandrababu Naidu highlighted that Patel, a Bharat Ratna, played an instrumental role in the national integrity of our country with matchless patriotism.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Friday, paid his tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his death anniversary and hailed him as the “architect” of the new India.

On the second day of his visit to Varanasi, Adityanath offered floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Maldahiya.

The UP Chief Minister said that the “Iron Man” — what Patel came to be known as — was a great freedom fighter and recalled his role in bringing together and merging more than 563 princely states with India after the Independence.

“The India we see today is the India of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s dreams. Therefore, the entire nation pays tributes to Iron Man, the architect of India’s integrity,” Adityanath said.

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(With PTI inputs)