GJ REPORT JAMMU, NOV 26: J&K BJP felicitated winners of ‘Run for Unity’ marathon organized on the birth anniversary of Loh Purush Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on 31st October, which was organized from the Satwari Chowk to the MAM Stadium in a programme organized at party headquarter, Trikuta Nagar under the Presidentship of BJP State President & MLA, Sat Sharma alongwith Dy. CM Dr. Nirmal Singh, Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly & MLA Kavinder Gupta, State General Secretaries Dr. Narinder Singh and Harinder Gupta, Vice-Chairperson Rashpaul Verma and senior leader & “Run for Unity” Incharge, Anil Gupta where the winners were given cash prizes, mementoes in various categories along with certificates. Sat Sharma, while felicitating the winners said that on the initiatives of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all the true heroes of Indian freedom struggle are today being recognized in the society through mass awareness programmes. He said that Sardar Patel played a leading role in the country’s struggle for Independence and guided its integration into a united, independent Nation which was total and uncompromising, earning him the sobriquet “Iron Man of India” so the government has decided to celebrate it every year as “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas”(National Unity Day). Modern day generation must know and recognize the contribution of the great men of India in letter and spirit, for which the society needs to do such exercises time to time, he added. Dr. Nirmal Singh while addressing the gathering, said that Sardar Patel, who came from very humble background, by integrating maximum states after the Independence of India, manifesting true statesmanship, contributed a lot to the India as Nation. He remembered the contribution of Sardar Patel in various Kissan agitations like Khera and his positive role up to the first Home Minister and Dy. Prime Minister of India. Kavinder Gupta congratulated all the participants for the effort they demonstrated to participate in the ‘Run’ which confirms the strong sentiment of love for Nation. Anil Gupta thanked all the participants as well as various agencies for extending help in the smooth conduct of programme. State Secretary Sanjay Baru conducted the proceedings of programme.