Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour across Tamil Nadu today, including Chennai. At Marina, Governor Banwarilal Purohit hoisted the national flag.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and other dignitaries were part of the celebrations. Parade and cultural programmes by students happened as part of the Republic Day celebrations.
With large number of people gathering at several public places for flag hoisting, 20,000 cops are posted for bandobust in several places in the city.
At least 5,000 policemen were on duty at Marina beach. “City police is on full alert. At many commercial places such as T Nagar, Broadway and Koyambedu, police teams are on vigil from yesterday,” sources said.
Meanwhile, teachers who participated in the indefinite strike organised by Joint Action Council of Tamil Nadu Teachers Organisations and Government Employees Organisations, can avert disciplinary action against them, if they present themselves at their schools for Republic Day celebrations on Saturday, said a circular issued by the Chennai Chief Education Officer.
In the meantime, Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam have extended their greetings on the eve of the Republic Day.
Purohit said, “I extend my heartiest greetings and best wishes to the people of Tamil Nadu on the joyous occasion of the 69 th anniversary of the Republic Day.
The Republic Day is an occasion for formal observance by the nation to honour the day on which the constitution of India came into effect. The day reminds us that essence of our democracy lies in the understanding that the common people are the masters of the nation
Let us all on this occasion take a pledge to develop our nation to the maximum extent utilizing our resources optimally and in a manner that is guided by technology, fuelled by sincerity and driven by concern for the common people.
May the spirit of our Constitution fill the air and devotion to the nation be the life breath that sustains and inspires us.”