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Gujarat celebrates its state-level 71th Republic Day at Rajkot

    Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat today unfurled the National Flag with the Police Band playing the National Anthem at the state-level function of the 71st Republic Day in an atmosphere surcharged with patriotism in presence of thousands of people who had started to assemble at the Racecourse Ground at Rajkot early. Indian Airforce helicopter showered flowers from the sky adding myriad of colours to the spectacle.

    The Governor and the Chief Minister Vijay Rupani saluted the Tricolour and took guard of honour in an open jeep.

    The unique tradition of holding the state-level functions of the national festivals at different district headquarters by rotation was set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

    Nearly 2,200 students of Rajkot’s nine schools presented physical training acrobatics and cultural programmes, while 1,100 students performed yoga asana and children of the Sanskar Dham presented Pipeline Band.

    The Police Force’s 922 jawans of 28 Platoon, led by Commandant Pravin Kumar, IPS, presented an impressive March Past, Dogs Squad, men and women bikers presented daring motorcycle stunts, to the cheers of the public.

    The Police Department presented cultural events, rifle drill, equestrian adventure, judo, karate and gymnastics.

    Different departments of the State Government and educational institutes presented 25 tableaux.

    The Chief Minister felicitated and greeted freedom fighters on the occasion of Republic Day. He went past the people in an open jeep to accept their greetings.

    Platoon No. 6 of SRP Men and Platoon No. 2 stood first, Platoon No. 16 of All Gujarat Mahila Police stood second, Platoon No. 22 stood third. The NSS (Education) was presented the Running Trophy by the Governor.

    The District Industries Centre’s tableau was adjudged the best, Sports Youth and Cultural Activities the second best and that of Agricultural & Horticulture’ Natural Farming the third best.

    The Governor felicitated Kundanben Patel, Tejasben Vasava, Jayvantsinh Solanki and Jagdishbhai for motorcycle stunts by police personnel.

    Those present on the occasion included Mayor Binaben Acharya, Member of Parliament Mohanbhai Kundariya, MLAs Govindbhai Patel, Arvindbhai Raiyani, Lakhabhai Sagathiya, Chief Minister’s wife Anjaliben Rupani, Gujarat Municipal Finance Board Chairman Dhansukhbhai Bhanderi, prominent citizens Dr Bharatbhai Bodhra, Kamleshbhai Mirani, Nitinbhai Bhardwaj, D.K. Sekiya, Rajubhai Dhruv, Chief Secretary Anil Mukim, Director-General of Police Shivanand Jha, Principal Secretary for GAD Sangeeta Singh, Chief Minister’s Secretary Ashwini Kumar, Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal, Municipal Commissioner Udit Agrawal, Collector Remya Mohan, District Development Officer Anil Ranavasiya, Additional Resident Collector Parimal Pandya, among others.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat