Rajasthan celebrates R-Day with fervour

Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) The 67th Republic Day was celebrated with gaiety, fervour and enthusiasm in Rajasthan on Tuesday.

Governor Kalyan Singh unfurled the national flag in a packed-to-capacity Karni Singh Stadium during the state-level function in Bikaner, over 340 km from here.

Singh took salute and inspected the guard of honour amidst cheers and applause from the spectators.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and senior officials were also present on the occasion.

Personnel from the Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC), Rajasthan Police, government railway police (GRP), home guards, traffic police, NCC cadets and school children participated in the parade.

School children and artistes then performed folk dances to patriotic songs. Daredevils team of police performed acrobatics on motorcycles.

The governor also honoured officers, employees and police personnels for distinguished and meritorious services.

There was tight security in place in and around the stadium and in Bikaner town.

In Jaipur, Bharatiya Janata Party’s state unit president Ashok Parnami unfurled the national flag at the BJP state head office while state Congress president unfurled the national flag at Pradesh Congress Committee office.

Reports of similar functions also came in from Bharatpur, Tonk, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota and other major cities of the state.

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