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Leaders keep it low-key

Devoid of any big promises by the ruling alliance or the Opposition, the Maharashtra Day celebrations in the city on Sunday remained a low-key affair.

mumbai Updated: May 02, 2011 01:34 IST
HT Correspondent

Devoid of any big promises by the ruling alliance or the Opposition, the Maharashtra Day celebrations in the city on Sunday remained a low-key affair.

At the state function held at Shivaji Park, governor K Sankaranarayanan unfurled the tricolour, inspected the guard of honour and presided over the official celebrations. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, his cabinet colleagues, legislators and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, at Hutatma Chowk, politicians across all parties paid tribute to martyrs. According to the political commentators, the reason behind the low-key celebrations is the present state of affairs. “People are disillusioned with the current environment where inflation and scams have become common,” said Prakash Bal, a veteran political commentator.

While paying tribute to the martyrs of the Samyukta Maharashtra Andolan, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, said: “By e-governance, we would make all decisions, information and regulations available to the citizens. Since more than 60% people live in slums, we plan to provide them affordable housing. The redevelopment scheme would be made more transparent.”

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, who visited the Hutatma Chowk, also did not make any political statements on the occasion. In response to the advertisement in a vernacular newspaper where the day is mistakenly referred to as the Republic Day, Raj refused to blame chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. “The chief minister cannot look into every aspect. Action should be taken against the concerned official,” said Raj.

Meanwhile, various functions were organised on a local-level. In Colaba, workers dressed in a traditional attire took part in the long march organised by the MNS. “It is day of pride for us,” said MNS leader Arvind Gawde.

The Shiv Sena also celebrated the day with its office-bearers visiting the colonies and buildings where pujas were held.

To close curtains on the state’s golden jubilee year celebrations, the state government has planned a mega celebration at Girgaum Chowpatty on Monday evening.