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Maharashtra celebrates statehood day with fervour

May 01, 2016 19:49 IST

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday paid floral tributes at the 'Hutatma Smarak' in Mumbai to mark the 56th 'Maharashtra Day'.

IMAGE: Maharashtra Day marks the creation of the current iteration of the state of Maharashtra that occurred some 56-years ago. Photograph: Sahil Salvi

Fadnavis was accompanied by Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar and Mumbai Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta.

IMAGE: The flag hoisting ceremony begins the commemorative celebrations that mark Maharashtra Day. Photograph: Sahil Salvi

The 'Hutatma Smarak' located in south Mumbai, was built in memory of the Joint Maharashtra Committee, which played a key role in formation of Maharashtra as a separate state.

IMAGE: Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis share a light moment amidst the pageantry. Photograph: Sahil Salvi

In Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra, state Energy and District guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, called for conserving water for the future.

IMAGE: Governor C Vidyasagar Rao inspects the guard of honour as part of the Maharashtra Day celebrations. Photograph: Sahil Salvi

Speaking after unfurling the Tri-colour at the Kasturchand Park ground and taking salute of the combined Parade, Bawankule stressed the need for saving every drop of water in the backdrop of severe drought conditions in Marathwada and other regions.

IMAGE: Maharashtra Day marks the creation of the current iteration of the state of Maharashtra that occurred some 56-years ago. Photograph: Sahil Salvi

Nagpur Divisional Commissioner Anup Kumar, Commissioner of Police S P Singh, District Collector Sachin Kurvey were present on the occasion.

IMAGE: The States Reorganisation Act, 1956, defined boundaries for states within India on the basis of languages. Photograph: Sahil Salvi

In Thane, neighbouring Mumbai, District guardian Minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde also hoisted the Tri-colour at the Saket Parade ground.

IMAGE: A state-of-the-art fire tender moves out as part of the ceremonial proceedings. Photograph: Sahil Salvi

Raking up the border issue between Maharashtra and Karnataka, Shinde said those "Maharashtrians" living in border areas (of Maharashtra but in Karnataka) want to be part of Maharashtra.

IMAGE: The state police force move out in unison. Photograph: Sahil Salvi

"They (residents in borders areas) have been agitating since long to come into Maharashtra. People of Maharashtra are supporting them," he added.

IMAGE: The female police march band shows they are in step with their male counterparts . Photograph: Sahil Salvi

In Nashik, Divisional Revenue Commissioner Eknath Davle hoisted the Tri-colour at the police parade ground.   He inspected a parade by city and rural police.

IMAGE: Members of the Fire Department march out as a statute of Shivaji looms in the background. Photograph: Sahil Salvi

BJP MP Harishchandra Chavan, local MLAs, Nashik mayor and top civic officials attended the event. 

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