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Updated: 20-01-2019 20:47 IST

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Sunday visited the Statue of Unity dedicated to Sardar

Vallabhbhai Patel in Narmada district of Gujarat. He also visited the house of the first Union home

minister of India and his memorial at Karamsad town in Anand district.

The vice president was in Gujarat to attend the closing ceremony of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in

Gandhinagar Sunday. After visiting the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue

in the world, VP Naidu said it is a "befitting memorial to Sardar Patel".

The 182-metre tall statue was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October last year.

"My heart is filled with emotions and pride. Now, we have a great structure that symbolises the great legacy of

Sardar Patel," the vice president said. Lauding PM Modi "for taking up the initiative to build

the State of Unity", the VP said he had always felt that a due recognition was not given to Sardar Patel in the past.

The vice president said that all Indians, particularly the youth, should visit the statue to draw inspiration and

know the history. "It was the responsibility of every citizen who owes

allegiance to the Constitution of India to do everything to uphold the unity of our country," the vice president said.

Later in the evening, VP Naidu visited Karamsad, the home town of Sardar Patel.

"Visited the house of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Karamsad today where he spent his childhood in the care of his

mother Laad Ba and father Jhaverbhai Patel," Naidu wrote on his Facebook wall.

"Inspite of many Congress committees recommending his name for president of congress party, he politely refused

following the advice of Mahatma Gandhi that incident shows that he was never after power," he stated.

The vice president also visited the memorial built in the memory of Sardar Patel and his brother Vithalbhai Patel

near Karamsad town. The memorial is managed by Sardar Patel Trust.

VP Naidu donated Rs 5 lakh to the trust during the visit.

"Made a humble contribution of Rs 5 lakhs to Sardar Patel Trust in Karamsad, Gujarat for propagation of Sardar

Patel's ideas and ideals," he tweeted.