Joining with the rest of the nation, Assam also observed National Unity Day, where chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal administered Ekta pledge at a programme held at the conference hall of DC office in Dibrugarh on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, Assam chief minister Sonowal termed the day as very important as it was the day when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born, who built the foundation of a modern India.

As a mark of respect to the great man the day is being celebrated as the National Unity Day.

Referring to Vallabhbhai Patel, who dreamt of making India strong on all aspects, chief minister Sonowal said Prime Minister Narendra Modi riding high on the ideals of Valabhbhai Patel, has set an agenda of making India vibrant and one of the leading countries across the globe.

Sonowal said Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel deserved salutation from one and all in the
country.

On his birth anniversary, there should be collective efforts to strengthen the unity and integrity of the nation in sync with the aim and objective of the Iron Man of India and that would be the greatest gift and salutation to the man who served selflessly for the betterment of
the country.

The programme was presided over by in-charge deputy commissioner of Dibrugarh, Partha Pratim Bairagi.

Union minister of state for food processing, Rameswar Teli while speaking on the occasion said Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel while trying to free the country from the shackles of the foreign rule had sacrificed a lot.

He contributed immensely to making a united India and worked to help the people to imbibe the feeling of oneness among themselves.

MLAs Bolin Chetia, Binod Hazarika, Teresh Goala, Chakradhar Gogoi, Naren Sonowal, Prasanta Phukan, Rituparna Baruah, chief executive member of Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council Dipuranjan Makrary and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com