"On his Punya Tithi, salutations to Sardar (Vallabhbhai) Patel. We remember his exemplary service and are inspired by his message of unity and integration," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

Sardar Patel played a major role in the country's struggle for independence and subsequently guided its integration into a united, independent nation. Patel was born on October 31, 1875 in Gujarat's Nadiad town. He died on December 15, 1950.

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