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Hyderabad: After low-key celebrations over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Telangana celebrated the Day of the Formation of States in a grand fashion on Thursday.

Led by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, the state paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives to achieve statehood for Telangana and recalled the people’s long struggle to achieve their dream of a separate state .

The Chief Minister hoisted the national flag at his official residence Pragati Bhavan and later at Public Gardens, the venue for the main official ceremony to mark the day. He also paid floral tributes at the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial in Gun Park near the Public Gardens.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Telangana on the occasion

It was on this day in 2014 that Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh as India’s 29th state. This followed a long movement for statehood, which was revived by Chandrasekhar Rao by floating Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in 2001.

During his speech, KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, asserted that Telangana, with its comprehensive development and innovative social welfare programs in a short period of eight years, has become a model for the whole country.

Listing the schemes put in place by his government and the progress made by the state in various sectors, the Chief Minister launched a scathing attack on the Center for its discrimination against Telangana.

The main official ceremony saw a police parade and a performance by cultural artists. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, DGP Mr. Mahender Reddy and senior officials attended the program.

Training Day celebrations were also held in all districts with Ministers of State, other public officials and senior government officials raising the national flag, reviewing the parade and delivering speeches highlighting the progress made by state over the past eight years.

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan also took part in the celebrations at Raj Bhavan. She cut a cake and greeted the people of Telangana on this occasion. She expressed her best wishes for the continued progress of the state.

The Ministers recalled the sacrifices made by the martyrs and the struggle of the peoples to achieve a long cherished goal. They also claimed that Telangana State in a short time has become a model for the whole country by making rapid progress in all sectors.

Minister of Municipal Administration, Urban Development, Information Technology and Industries, KT Rama Rao raised the national flag in Rajanna Sircilla district.

The celebrations were also held in all government offices, institutions and political party offices.

Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy hoisted the national flag at the Assembly premises. The Speaker of the Legislative Council, G. Sukhender Reddy, unfurled the national flag at the premises of the Council. They garlanded the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr BR Ambedkar.

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar unfurled the national flag at BRK Bhavan, the temporary state secretariat.

Celebrations were also held at Telangana Bhavan, the state headquarters of TRS. Senior leaders unfurled the national flag and garlanded Telangana fronds.

State Congress Leader A. Revanth Reddy led the celebrations at the party headquarters, Gandhi Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, he criticized the TRS government for what he called its failure to fulfill the dreams of the martyrs of Telangana.

Formation day celebrations were also held at the BJP state headquarters. BJP Head of State Bandi Sanjay has claimed that only BJP can build a golden Telangana.

(IANS)