Run for Unity saw participation of a large number of people, including sports personalities, sports enthusiasts and personnel of central police forces among others.
Amit Shah also administered a unity pledge to the participants of the run.
The 1.5-km run in Delhi takes place at the India Gate C-Hexagon-Shah Jahan Road radial.
The flag off also saw the presence of Union ministers Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Hardeep Singh Puri, R K Singh, Kiren Rijiju, G Kishan Reddy, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and home secretary Ajay K Bhalla on the dais with the home minister.
While addressing the event, Home Minister said that Sardar Patel served as the first home minister of independent India and unified the entire nation into one single thread.
He said that this day marks tribute to the great leader’s deeds towards unifying the country and is being celebrated as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.
Remembering Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel’s immense contribution of unifying the nation, Amit Shah lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts of abbrogating Article 370, thus realizing Sardar Patel’s unfulfilled dreams.