Patel banned RSS, say Youth Congress hoardings

New Delhi: As the central government organised a ‘Run for Unity’ here on Saturday to commemorate independent India’s first home minister Vallabhbhai Patel’s efforts in keeping the country united, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) put up hoardings nearby about his action of “banning anti-India” RSS”.

“Many many salutations to ‘Iron Man’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who unified the country and banned anti-India RSS” read the message on one of the hoardings put up by the IYC on the India Gate roundabout.

The Youth Congress also put up hoardings to pay tributes to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary on Saturday. Indira Gandhi was assassinated on October 31, 1984, by two of her bodyguards.

The hoardings were visible to those who passed through the area after participating in the ‘Run for Unity’ flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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

Meanwhile, Youth Congress workers protested outside the Doordarshan office here against “inadequate coverage” of the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi.

Police said they detained 16 protesters but released them later.