West Bengal celebrates Republic Day

January 26th, 2012 - 2:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, Jan 26 (IANS) West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan Thursday unfurled the tricolour as the state celebrated the 63rd Republic Day along with the rest of India.

The governor took the salute at a parade by the combined forces of the army, navy and air force on the Indira Gandhi Sarani, popularly known as Red Road.

An air force helicopter showered flower petals on the flag just after Narayanan unfurled it.

Kolkata Traffic Police, Eastern Railway and NCC cadets also took part in the colourful ceremony.

Five girls from Purulia district, who battled pressure from their families and called off their marriage in order to continue studies, also joined the parade on Red Road.

Colourful tableaux of the Election Commission, the industry department and West Bengal Power Development Corp were showcased at the two-hour ceremony, which drew huge crowds.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, several of her ministers and senior officials were present on the occasion.

A large number of organisations and clubs celebrated the Republic Day all over the state. National flags were also unfurled at offices of political parties here.

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