Republic Day celebration passes off peacefully

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Governor takes salute after unfurling tricolour in Cuttack

Patriotic fervour:Cadets taking part in the 63rd Republic Day parade in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.— Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty
Patriotic fervour:Cadets taking part in the 63rd Republic Day parade in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.— Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

The 63rd Republic Day celebration passed off peacefully without any report of untoward incident in the State on Thursday.

While Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare unfurled the tricolour at Bhubaneswar, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took salute at Cuttack.

Tableaux, major attractions of Republic Day celebration, were missing at the State-level function here due to model code of conduct which was in force for forthcoming panchayat elections.

However, personnel of the paramilitary forces and the State police and cadets of school and colleges put up a spectacular show of parade. Cultural shows although limited in number made the parade lively.

Mr. Bhandare's cavalcade reached the Mahatma Gandhi Marg in the foggy morning to take salute from the parade at around 8.30 a.m.

He was received by Chief Secretary Bijay Patnaik and Director General of Police Manmohan Praharaj at the venue.

Folk dance

As many as 80 teams including four folk dance groups participated in the Republic Day celebration here. People from different parts of the State gathered at the venue to witness the parade.

Traditional dances such as Dhemsa of Koraput and Dalkhai of Sambalpur drew publicattention. For many, Dhemsa was played for first time in the capital city. Similarly, the troupe from Sambalpur exhibited a perfect Dalkhai dance.

Later Mr. Bhandare gave away police medals to senior police officials and fire service personnel for their outstanding performance.

Additional DG of Police, S. Marik, Additional DG State Armed Police M. Nageswar Rao and Inspector General of Police (Vigilance) S. Panwar were conferred for their meritorious service. “I am proud to have conferred police medals to security personnel for their outstanding contribution. India will continue to be the largest and strongest democracy of the world. And it will continue to be very strong republic,” Governor said.

The Tricolour was also hoisted on campus of different party offices. BJD President Naveen Patnaik and Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President Niranjan Patnaik addressed party workers on this occasion.

Except some posters belonging to outlawed CPI (Maoist) pasted on walls in southern districts, there has been no report of violence on Thursday.

Naveen unfurls tricolour

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unfurled the Tricolor and took salute at an impressive parade at Barabati Stadium here .

Addressing a large crowd, Patnaik said India as a strong Republic and having a vibrant democracy has found a niche in the World map.

“While India has shown the path of peace, truth and non-violence to the whole world, Odisha too has contributed immensely through the teachings of Samrat Ashok,” Patnaik said.

He paid rich tributes to the eminent freedom fighters of the country, including Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and members of Constituent Assembly who drafted the Indian Constitution.

Mr. Patnaik also spoke at length about the development of the country as well as the State of Odisha after Independence and emphasised that awareness has spread vastly among the people in the country and they have reposed strong faith on the democracy.

“The living standards of the people have greatly improved due to development in science and technology. But we need to do a lot more”, he asserted.

Nearly 60 troupes from both civilian and military contingents participated in the unified parade on the day at Cuttack while the Chief Minister gave away prizes to winners of different competitions held for the school and college students by both the district administration and city police.

Minister hoists flag

Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Energy Minister of the State hoisted the national flag at Koraput at the district-level Republic Day celebrations at police parade ground here. Sachin Jadhav, district Collector and other officials along with thousands of people participated in the programme.

  • Major attractions missing due to model code of conduct

  • Medals presented to police and fire service personnel

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