Several national leaders and chief ministers on Wednesday, August 15, celebrated the Independence Day amid tight security arrangements across India. Patriotic fervour and gaiety marked India’s 72nd Independence Day as flag hoisting ceremonies took place at the historical Red Fort, party headquarters, educational institutions and several other places all over India. Freedom fighters, who played a vital role in the Independence movement, were remembered on the occasion. Sweets were also exchanged between Pakistan Rangers and BSF jawans at the Attari-Wagah border. This year, the Independence Day celebration passed off peacefully and no incidents of violence and terror attacks have been reported so far.
From Congress president Rahul Gandhi to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to veteran BJP leader LK Advani, here is how political leaders celebrated the Independence Day with patriotic tributes to their beloved Bharat Mata during the ‘At Home’ ceremonies.
On this Independence Day my best wishes to all Indians. As we celebrate our independence as a nation, let us remember all those brave men and women, our freedom fighters, whose sacrifices and dedication helped us win our independence.
Jai Hind. #HappyIndependenceDay— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 15, 2018
Greetings and good wishes to all citizens of India on the occasion of our nation’s 72nd Independence Day. The nation pays respect to all freedom fighters and tributes to those martyrs who laid down their lives for India’s freedom.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 15, 2018
सभी देशवासियों को 72वें स्वतंत्रता दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं I इस आजादी के लिए हजारों वीरों ने अपना बलिदान दिया, आज हम प्रण लें कि इस स्वतंत्रता को अक्षुण्ण रखने में अपना योगदान हमेशा देते रहेंगे। #HappyIndependenceDay #IndependenceDayIndia pic.twitter.com/gBYTS1k8Us— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) August 15, 2018
Union Minister Sri Nitin Gadkari ji hoists the National Flag at His official Residence in Delhi pic.twitter.com/8jChT8KlGZ— Office Of Nitin Gadkari (@OfficeOfNG) August 15, 2018
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah has triggered a controversy after he dropped the national flag while hoisting it in the BJP head quarter, New Delhi. In the mean time, the Congress took to Twitter and slammed the BJP chief, saying "Who cannot hoist the national flag in a suitable manner, how he will be able to rule the nation? (Jo deshka ka jhanda nahi sambhal sakte, wo desh kaya sambhalenge?)".
जो देश का झंडा नहीं संभाल सकते, वो देश क्या संभालेंगे?
50 साल से ज्यादा देश के तिरंगे का तिरस्कार करने वालों ने अगर ये नहीं किया होता तो शायद आज तिरंगे का ऐसा अपमान न होता।
दूसरों को देशभक्ति का सर्टिफिकेट देने वालों को राष्ट्रगान का तौर-तरीका तक पता नहीं। pic.twitter.com/FmiEI5B7D7— Congress (@INCIndia) August 15, 2018
The much controversial clip, that was first aired on the Television channel Doordarshan has already gone viral on social networking sites.