Mumbai: Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis (44) took over as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s first Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Friday. Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to Fadnavis at Wankhede stadium, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and personalities from the fields of politics, business and Bollywood.
Vidya Jayaprakash Thakur, Pankaja Gopinath Munde, Chandrakant Bachchu Patil, Prakash Manubhai Mehta, Vinod Tawde, Sudhir Sachchidanand Mungantiwar, Eknath Khadse, Dilip Nyandev Kamble and Vishnu Savara took oath as Ministers in BJP lead minority Government. Party will have to prove its majority on the floor of the House within 15 days.
BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Rajeev Pratap Rudy, Omprakash Mathur, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray,former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, NCP’s Praful Patel and Ajit Pawar and were prominent among those who attended the event. Among the chief ministers who attended the event were N Chandrababu Naidu (AP), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), Anandiben Patel (Gujarat) and Parkash Singh Badal (Punjab).
Mumbai : Mumbai’s Marine Drive was a buzz of activity by 7 a.m. on Friday morning as nearly 5 thousand citizens from all walks of life had descended on the iconic road. They had assembled at the South end of Marine Drive to take the unity pledge and participate in the ‘Ekta Daud’ of ‘Run for Unity’, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
At 8 a.m., the Governor of Maharashtra, Mr. C Vidyasagar Rao, arrived at the venue and administered the pledge to all those assembled. There weren’t any speeches, but the masters of ceremony did recall the contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel during the Indian national movement as well as towards integration of princely states, to form India, that is known to us today.
Maharashtra’s Chief Minister (Designate) Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Environment, Prakash Javadekar, Union Energy Minister Piyush Goyal, MoS Food and Consumer Affairs, Rao Saheb Danve, Mayor of Mumbai, Snehal Ambekar, prominent citizens and corporate leaders, senior officials like Maharashtra Chief Secretary, Swadheen Kshatriya, BMC Commissioner Sitaram Kunte, Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal participated in the run. The Run for Unity also saw an enthusiastic participation by students, NSS volunteers, women self-help group members, bankers and other employees. The run organized by Mumbai City Collectorate in association with BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation terminated at Parsi Gymkhana, near Marine Lines station.
District level celebrations: Solapur & latur
Hyderabad : The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that a police station should not create a sense of fear among the poor but it should become the `Temple of Justice.` Addressing the Passing Out Parade at the Sardar Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad, Rajnath Singh said the police is the most visible face of the State and it has been institutionalised to create a sense of security among citizens. The police officers should be a mix of `Half Steel` and `Half Wax` and they should work towards enhancing their leadership qualities, he added.
The Union Home Minister remarked that the Investiture Ceremony is being held on Sardar Patel`s birth anniversary after a gap of ten years. “It should always be held on Sardar Patel`s jayanti,” he added. Shri Rajnath Singh highlighted Sardar Patel`s role in uniting India. “Had Sardar Patel not been India’s first Home Minister, integrating Hyderabad would have been difficult,” he said.
On the occasion, the Union Home Minister inspected the parade. He also inaugurated the new Administrative Office Building at the SVPNPA and laid wreath at the IPS memorial in the SVPNPA campus.
Earlier, Rajnath Singh garlanded the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at a civic function held in the city on his birth anniversary today. Addressing the gathering the Union Home Minister praised Sardar Patel`s role in ensuring India`s unity and integrity. The Union Home Minister also administered the `Rashtriya Ekta Diwas` pledge to the assembled gathering.
Rajnath Singh also flagged off the `Run for Unity` race in the city. Hundreds of college students, NCC cadets and other citizens participated in the race.
Hyderabad : The Home Ministry is taking all steps necessary for the prevention of cyber crime and very soon we shall further strengthen the Cyber Crime Prevention Strategy, said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Hyderabad today. He participated as the Chief Guest at the 66th passing out parade of the trainee officers of the Indian Police Service held at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad.
It is not necessary at all for a cyber criminal to reside in your town or country, as this is an act that can be committed from any corner of the world and can hit anyone, anywhere and anytime, the Home Minister said.
In view of the increase in the number of crimes and their ever newer dimensions, the modernization of police training and the police organization is highly imperative. He informed that the government shall take steps for implementing the Dharamveer Commission-1978 report.
New Delhi : Flagging off the “Run For Unity” on the occasion of Sardar Patel Jayanti, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today recalled the mantra of “Ek Bharat: Shresth Bharat” and said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel gave us “Ek Bharat” (United India), and we should all work towards creating “Shresth Bharat” (Foremost India). He was addressing a large gathering of youth and people from all walks of life, at Rajpath in New Delhi.
The Prime Minister referred to Sardar Patel Jayanti as an inspirational moment, and said a country that forgets history, cannot create history. He said India`s glorious heritage will always be an inspiration for its aspirational youth. He reminded the people that India`s rich heritage can never be divided on ideological lines. He remembered former Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi, noting that today was her death anniversary.
Mentioning Sardar Patel`s unique contribution to the freedom struggle, the Prime Minister drew a comparison of the Sardar`s relationship with Mahatma Gandhi, to the relationship between Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahansa. The Prime Minister also spoke of Chanakya`s vision of a united India, and said the Sardar had, through his strategic foresight, converted that dream into reality.
On India`s unity in diversity, the Prime Minister said this diversity gives us strength. He said India`s people should always be vigilant to guard this unique strength of unity in diversity. He regretted that thirty years ago, India`s fabric of unity in diversity had been attacked, as one specific community had been targeted.
The Prime Minister administered the pledge of unity to the assembled people and later flagged off the Run For Unity. Even as he exhorted people to begin the run, the assembled youth enthusiastically waited for the Prime Minister to lead the run. Eventually, the Prime Minister led the Run For Unity.
Union Ministers Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Shri Venkaiah Naidu and Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Shri Najeeb Jung were present on the occasion.
Earlier, the Prime Minister paid floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Patel, at Patel Chowk on Parliament Street.
Mumbai : As Government of India is getting ready to observe October 31st, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as the ‘Rasthriya Ekta Divas’ (National Unity Day), plans have been drawn for the ‘Run for Unity or Ekta Daud’ at Marine Drive in Mumbai for holding the main function of the state.
The Governor of Maharashtra, Mr. C Vidyasagar Rao will flag off the Ekta Daud in front of Hotel Trident, Nariman Point at 8 a.m. Prominent citizens of Mumbai, including Chief Minister (designate), Devendra Fadnavis, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal, Mayor of Mumbai, Snehal Ambekar, senior officials like Maharashtra Chief Secretary, Swadheen Kshatriya, BMC Commissioner Sitaram Kunte, Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria among others will participate. More confirmations are coming in.
National level celebrations
At the national level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Patel Chowk on Parliament Street at 7.30 a.m. Mr. Modi will address the participants of ‘Run for Unity’ at Vijay Chowk and administer the Unity pledge at 8 a.m. The run will be from Vijay Chowk to India Gate along the Rajpath.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the ‘Run for Unity’ programme at Sardar Patel statue in Nampally, Hyderabad at 7.45 a.m. Later on, Mr. Rajnath Singh will attend the passing out parade of the IPS Officers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad.
Sardar Patel – the Iron Man of India
Sardar Patel, nicknamed the Iron Man of India, was the first Home Minister of independent India, who was instrumental in integration of over 500 princely states. The day will be marked by oath taking by all government and PSU employees as well as school and college students, to maintain the unity and integrity of the country.