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Patel yet to get his due place in India's history: Advani

L K Advani today paid homage to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel at his ancestral house in Karamsad, Gujarat and said that the Iron Man of India is yet to get his due place in the country's history.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2011 23:13 IST
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L K Advani on Monday paid homage to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel at his ancestral house in Karamsad, Gujarat and said that the Iron Man of India is yet to get his due place in the country's history.

"Had it not been for Sardar Patel, India could have been divided into many parts. It was he who brought 555 princely states together in India. He must get his rightful place in India's history which he has not got," he said.

Addressing a gathering in Anand district after he, along with wife Kamla and daughter Pratibha, had visited Sardar Patel and Veer Vithal Bhai Patel memorial late this evening, Advani said, "People don't even visit Karamsad. My sole purpose in visiting Anand was to visit Sardar Patel's house."

Advani had earlier planned to start his anti-corruption Yatra from Karamsad. However, the plan didn't materialise and the Yatra's commencement was shifted to Bihar. However, at the fag end of the second phase of his Yatra, Advani finally visited the Sardar Patel Memorial accompanied by his family and Modi.

All the VVIP visitors entered the Memorial barefoot and spent time in the two rooms full of the pictures of Sardar Patel and his family. Before leaving the premises, Advani wrote in the visitors' book in Hindi, "Shreshth sthaan hai ek pujya aatma ka (this sacred place belongs to a great soul)".

Advani, joined by his wife for the first time during the yatra, later told the cheering crowds in Anand, "I am elated to be here and I came only to visit Sardar Patel's house."

Noting that Patel was yet to get his due place in history, he said, "The British were smart. Besides dividing the country into India and Pakistan they also allowed princely states to make their own choice about being with either of the two or being independent. Sardar Patel united those princely states into India. He must be given his due in history which he has been denied."