Vibrant parades and colorful programs highlighting the culture and achievements of states marked Republic Day celebrations across the country, which passed off peacefully amid tight security. The governors hoisted the Tricolour in the state capitals, and delivered speeches highlighting issues of immediate concern. An account of how various states marked the day:
Jammu and KashmirRepublic Day celebrations, held amid massive security clampdown, were peaceful. For the second consecutive year, the Tricolor was unfurled by bureaucrats as the state is under Governor’s rule. The biggest function in the Valley was at Srinagar’s Bakshi Stadium.
The Valley, though, observed a complete shutdown on a strike called by separatists. Shops and establishments were also shut.
There were celebrations along the border, too. Indian and Pakistani troops along the LoC exchanged sweets at three places.
Hoisting the national flag in Guwahati, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi asked fugitive ULFA leader Paresh Baruah to eschew violence and return to the mainstream. He hoped that with the repatriation of ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia, the ongoing peace talks with the Centre would be expedited. The CM said that while 13 extremist outfits had already laid down their arms, and discussion with these groups was progressing in a positive direction, Baruah should also follow suit.
Governor J P Rajkhowa hoisted the flag at Indira Gandhi Park in Itanagar and called for a corruption-free administration. “Let us join hands to fight the menace of the hydra-headed monster called corruption, otherwise good governance will be a far cry,” he said. Rajkhowa laid emphasis on constitution of Lokayukta on priority basis.
Stunts on motorbikes and horseback, contingents of police and armed forces, cultural performances and a train of floats showcased the state during Republic Day celebrations near Somnath Temple in Gir Somnath district. Governor O P Kohli unfurled the flag in the presence of Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. The program was held outside Gandhinagar, a trend started by former CM Narendra Modi.
Governor Ram Nath Kovind said that the rule of law and communal harmony prevailed in the state. “A check has been imposed on organised crime and this will continue in the future,” Kovind said in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan, adding the state has adopted a policy of zero tolerance on corruption.
Punjab & Haryana
In Chandigarh, Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki unfurled the national flag, while Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal presided over the function at Bathinda as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was indisposed.
In Kolkata, Governor K N Tripathi hoisted the Tricolor and took salute at the march past of armed forces and police forces at Red Road. A colourful parade and procession with decorated tableaus portraying the state’s culture and heritage were the highlights of the programme.
Governor E S L Narasimhan hoisted the national flag at Hyderabad and Vijaywada. Narasimhan outlined the state government’s vision to eliminate social and economic disparities.