Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour at Gandhi Bhavan, the Congress headquarters, here on Thursday.

Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president Botcha Satyanarayana unfurled the national flag in the presence of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarsimha and other senior leaders.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Satyanarayana exhorted the party rank and file to become partners in taking the host of welfare and development programmes to downtrodden and marginal sections.

Fundamental duties

The party leaders should monitor and work in close coordination to ensure that no eligible beneficiary was left out in the implementation of the government schemes.

The party workers should take the responsibility of discharging their fundamental duties enshrined in the Constitution, not just enjoy the rights, and rededicate themselves to ensure that the benefits of the schemes reached the last mile, the APCC president added.