Kolkata, Jan 26 : The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated across West Bengal with gaiety and enthusiasm amid tight security blanket on Tuesday.
State Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar unfurled the National Flag followed by showering of flowers from helicopters and took the salute of the combined forces of the Army, Navy, Air force at an impressive parade on the Red Road, where the might of the Indian armed forces were put on display for the general public.
Besides the presentation of a number of colourful tableaux, NCC cadets and many school children took part in the two-hour-long ceremony which drew huge crowds all along the three km route of the parade in central Kolkata.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, several of his ministerial colleagues and heads of several Diplomatic missions in the city were present on the occasion.
Governor and Chief Minister greeted people on the occasion.
The Chief Minister dedicated the Republic Day parade in Kolkata to Deshnayak Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Taking to her tweeter handle, Ms Banerjee said, “Today’s parade in Kolkata has been dedicated to Deshnayak Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.”
She greeted every Indian on the occasion of Republic Day.
“Warm greetings to every Indian on Republic Day,” the chief minister said.
“‘Justice, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’. We must forever strive to protect, preserve & follow all the ideals of the Constitution,” Ms Banerjee added.
Calling for taking resolve to uphold the rule of law and Constitutional principles,
The governor on Monday vouched for bringing about all-round development for larger welfare, to rid of all evils and to struggle for justice and freedom.
In his speech on the eve of Republic Day, Mr Dhankhar said, ” My greetings on the occasion of Republic Day to my fellow brothers and sisters in the State and outside. “
” The year 2021 is very special for us and the Nation. The Central Government has announced 23 January, the birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, as ‘Parakram Diwas’. This is a befitting tribute to the legend, ” he added.
” We will be having yearlong celebrations to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and I am sure all of us will be inspired and motivated by his thought process, ” the Governor stated.
” On this day, let us resolve to uphold rule of law and Constitutional principles, ” he said, adding, ” Let us all make a pledge to our Motherland to make Bharat Viswaguru and to bring about all-round development for larger welfare, to rid of all evils, to struggle for justice and freedom. “
” Brothers and Sisters, the year 2020 was of great challenge all over, because of COVID pandemic and our State also suffered on account of AMPHAN. “
” I greatly appreciate the efforts made by all of you in taking up this challenge in helping the needy. “
” The year 2021 will be full of challenges and opportunities, ” Mr Dhankhar said and called upon the people to work so that our State occupies pride of place in our Nation.”
” The upcoming Assembly elections will be a major challenge. In the past, for a variety of reasons, elections have been marred with violence and malpractices. “
” I solicit your cooperation and all efforts to ensure that this time we have elections free from violence and any malpractices. “
Without free and fair elections, democracy has no meaning.
” I appeal to our public servants that they must set the highest standards in their conduct and behaviour. “
” They must maintain political neutrality which is a requirement of law. “
” Any deviation by them will not be appreciated. “
” Brothers and sister, our Constitution is a supreme document and all of us have to work in accordance with it. “
” I appeal to everyone in Government to avoid confrontation and ensure justice is done to all sections of society by cooperation between the Centre and the State. “
” Our farmers have, unfortunately, been made to suffer on account of their being no coordination between the State and the Centre and thereby each of the 70 lakh farmers has so far lost Rs 14,000.”
He appealed to everyone concerned to see that this injustice to farmers is undone at the earliest.
” Brothers and Sisters, this decade of the century are very critical. Rise of the State of West Bengal, North-East this decade would mean rise of the North East part of the country and of the entire country. Let us all resolve to work in that direction. “
” Our State is an epi-centre of culture. It is rich in heritage and it is a guiding force in several ways to the world at large on account of legends like Rabindranath Tagore, Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, S. N. Bose, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Meghnad Saha, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, to name only a few, ” Mr Dhankhar stated.
The day was also celebrated by various government organisations like the Kolkata Port Trust, Eastern, South-Eastern and Metro Railways where the Chiefs of the organisations unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute of the Central security forces at impressive ceremonies.
National flags were also unfurled at the local headquarters of several political parties including the Congress, Trinamool Congress and the BJP by the respected party leaders.
A large number of organisations and clubs also celebrated the 72nd Republic Day throughout the state by hoisting the national flag and organising marchpast by the children.
A number of seminars and workshops on different aspects of the Republic day were also organised during the day.
The state administration left no stone unturned to ensure foolproof security and deployed a large number of security personnel in all important government and private installations and maintained round the clock vigil.
The security has been increased at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (NSBIA), Victoria Memorial, Kalighat temple, Indian Museum, State Assembly and the High Court, several other iconic structures as well as the buildings housing government and non-governmental offices, shopping malls, Sealdah, Howrah and Metro stations, a senior officer of Kolkata Police today said.
The Kolkata Police have also increased patrolling and vigorous checking at entry and exit points of the city, he said.
Extra police pickets were there at several junctures of the city besides Quick Response Teams (QRTs) of nearly 10,000 police personnel, the police officer added.