R-Day celebrated with traditional fervour in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, Jan 26 (IANS) The 67th Republic Day of India was celebrated with usual fervour across Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

Governor Ram Naik took the salute at the ceremonial parade here. After hoisting the tricolour, he called on the people of the state to work for unity and prosperity of the state and the country.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav along with his family, ministerial colleagues and bureaucrats were also present at the event as dozens of tableaux rolled down on the Vidhan Sabha road as part of the pageant.

As school children, attired in colourful dresses marched past the VVIP enclosure, while the political leaders and general public on both sides of the road loudly cheered and applauded.

The tableau depicting the Lucknow Metro Rail evoked biggest cheer.

Similar functions were held in many parts of the state where ministers, senior officials and district magistrates took the salute.

The Bharatiya Janata Party also celebrated the Republic Day at the party office.

Congress party celebrated the day at the party office, as former minister Ram Krishna Dwivedi unfurled the national flag. Various state party leaders attended the special occasion.

Security was beefed up across the state on the Republic Day in the light of intelligence inputs that terrorists might target the parades and functions at some places.

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