Governor graces R-Day celebrations in AP, Telangana

Republic Day: KCR walks out of Parade Grounds before the National Anthem
Last Updated 26 January 2015, 19:25 IST

Governor E S L Narasimhan kept his word by attending Republic Day celebrations of both the new states —Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, 275 kilometres  apart.  

Narasimhan landed at Vijayawada overnight and addressed the parade at 7.40 am and then flew by a helicopter to Hyderabad to participate in the Republic Day  celebrations at Parade Grounds here at 10 am.

The first ever Republic Day of residual Andhra Pradesh was held at  Indira Gandhi municipal stadium where achievements  of  Chandrababu Naidu’s seven-month rule was depicted  in bright colors  on floats of agriculture, education, smart cities  and the historic loan waiver (debt  redemption) scheme.

However, the event lacked the grandeur of the Army Parade Ground of Secunderabad here.

Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao created a flutter when he left even before completion of the official programme. Governor E S L Narasimhan who came from Vijayawada completed his speech and was awarding appreciation trophies, when KCR left the venue.

What surprised everyone was that the chief minister left even before the national anthem was played to mark the conclusion of the function.

Narasimhan lauded the Andhra Pradesh government for fulfilling the promises made during the elections by citing   pensions scheme, debt redemption for farmers and  SHG groups, bottled  free drinking water, abolition of belt shops and hike in retirement age to  60 from 58.

He also said that the new state capital will be world class. “We plan to complete the Polavaram project by June 2018 providing diversion of 70 TMC of Godavari water for betterment of fields and parched throats in Rayalaseema,” he said.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam float  bagged the first prize in the 66th Republic day competition held at Vijayawada.The float comprised Saint Annamayya, golden gopuram of the temple.

The governor had a closed door meeting with the chief ministers after the “At Home” event at the Rajbhavan.

(Published 26 January 2015, 19:25 IST)

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