Telangana marks Republic Day amid Covid safety

Hyderabad: Patriotic fervour marked 72nd Republic Day celebrations in Telangana on Tuesday. Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan led the state in the celebrations held in the shadow of Covid-19 pandemic.

She unfurled the national flag at the main official celebration held in the historic Public Gardens, adjacent to the State Assembly in the heart of the city.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, his cabinet colleagues, senior defence, police and civil officials attended the main event.

For a second consecutive year, the main official celebration was not held at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad, which has been the venue for decades.

It’s not just the venue but also the format of the main ceremony which was changed.

Like last year, there was no march past, no parade review by the chief guest, no tableaux or cultural programmes by school children. This year, the event was held with Covid-19 protocol.

The parade, comprising a couple of contingents from Indian Air Force and police, presented salute to the governor on her arrival, followed by flag hoisting and contingents marching off.

After formation of Telangana in 2014, Rao had shifted the venue of Independence Day parade from Parade Grounds to historic Golconda Fort to highlight the rich cultural heritage of Telangana.

The chief minister paid tributes to martyrs’ at Martyrs’ Memorial at Parade Grounds, Secunderabad and also hoisted the national tricolour at his official residence Pragati Bhavan.

Republic Day celebrations were also held at the State Assembly where Speaker P. Srinivas Reddy hoisted the national flag. Speaking on the occasion, he said the state was marching ahead on the path of progress.

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