Tight security arrangements were made at the customary ‘At Home' high tea hosted by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj here on Monday on the occasion of Independence Day.

Besides uniformed personnel, policemen wearing sporty new yellow T-shirts and plainclothes personnel provided security to Mr. Bhardwaj and Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda. It had become difficult for elderly people to meet and greet the Governor.

Mr. Gowda, who arrived a bit late, was seen exchanging pleasantries with Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah. Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court J.S. Khehar, the former Governor V.S. Ramadevi, Congress leader C.K. Jaffar Sheriff, the former Union Minister and MLC M.V. Rajasekharan, several serving and retired Defence personnel took part in the event. Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath and Police Commissioner Jyothi Prakash Mirji were present.

The Raj Bhavan was fully decked up for the occasion. Soothing music by the police band was a major attraction for hundreds of invitees including personalities from art, culture and sports fields. As every one was savouring the high tea, internationally renowned physically challenged sportsperson Malati Holla was seen silently watching the pomp and gaiety from her wheelchair. However, she thanked a friend who brought her tea.

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