A figurine of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was featured on the Information Department’s tableau during the 71st Republic Day celebrations in state capital on Sunday (January 26). It stood in the backdrop of the ancient Shri Akshayavat Temple, located in Allahabad’s Prayagraj Fort.
As many as 71 contingents comprising the army, paramilitary, police, and school children dressed in uniforms and attires marched through the streets here to celebrate the Republic Day. The parade started from Ravindralaya (in Charbagh) and culminated at the KD Singh Babu Stadium.
“The total number of contingents stood at 71, as it is the 71st Republic Day. The contingents were drawn from military, paramilitary, police, bands, schoolchildren, tableaux of various organisations and departments, and cultural programmes by schoolchildren. The main theme for this year was national integration, cleanliness, environment, Ganga and fit India,” said District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel took the salute at the Vidhan Bhavan here. Flower petals were also showered by helicopters on the contingents.
Curious onlookers were spotted through the entire stretch of the parade on either side of the road, with children shouting ‘Jai Hind’ as the marching contingents moved on the city’s streets one after the other.
In her message on the eve of the Republic Day on Saturday, Patel had said it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to maintain the unity and integrity of the country, whose independence was achieved by the sacrifice of freedom fighters. “The occasion of the Republic Day motivates us to maintain peace, amity, and brotherhood,” she said.
आप सबको गणतंत्र दिवस की शुभकामनाएं।
गणतंत्र दिवस स्वाधीनता सेनानियों के बलिदान का स्मरण कराने के साथ ही संवैधानिक कर्तव्यों के प्रति सचेत भी करता है।यह राष्ट्रीय पर्व आत्मचिंतन करने व महान देशभक्तों के सपनों एवं लक्ष्यों की प्राप्ति के लिए प्रतिबद्ध होने का अवसर प्रदान करता है।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) January 26, 2020
Yogi Adityanath, in a tweet in Hindi, said, “The Republic Day reminds us of the sacrifice of our freedom fighters and at the same time it also makes us aware about the constitutional duties. This national festival gives an opportunity to introspect and commit to fulfil the dreams of great patriots.”
(With inputs from agencies)