Punjab and Haryana here on Sunday joined the nation in celebrating the 65th Republic Day by hoisting the Tricolour and organising parades amid tight security.
No untoward incident was reported from any part of the region, officials here said. Contingents of police, homeguards, National Cadet Corps and schoolchildren participated in the parades held at several district headquarters in the two states and Chandigarh.
The celebrations at most places in the region were held under foggy conditions. Punjab governor Shivraj V Patil and Haryana governor Jagannath Pahadia unfurled the Tricolour at Patiala and Gurgaon respectively, while Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda took the salute at Ludhiana and Nuh respectively.
In Chandigarh, KK Sharma, adviser to the UT administrator, unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute. The functions to mark the day were organised at other district headquarters in Punjab and Haryana, including at Jalandhar, Patiala, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Moga, Ambala, Gurgaon, Karnal, Rohtak and Hisar. Tight security arrangements were in place in the two states and Chandigarh that ensured that the Republic Day celebrations passed off peacefully.