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Updated: 31-10-2018 21:51 IST

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab

Kumar Deb Wednesday paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai

Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary by saying that he unified

the country without any battle.

Deb also took part in the 'Run for Unity' held on the

occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) which is

observed every year on the day.

"Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel unified entire India with

all his might and ensured our unity. The most important thing

is that he did this without any battle, not even an exchange

of barb with anyone. I remember him and congratulate Prime

Minister for observing his birth day as Rashtriya Ekta Divas

on behalf of people of Tripura," Deb said.

Patel, the first Home Minister of Independent India,

is credited with merging 550 princely states into the Union of


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