Assam Celebrates Independence Day, CM Sarbananda Sonowal Hoists Tricolour in Guwahati
Guwahati, August 15: As India celebrates its 71st Independence Day, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal unfurled the National Flag in Guwahati at the Veterinary College ground at Khanapara. Sonowal’s cabinet colleagues and senior officials hoisted the tricolour at celebration venues in different districts.
On the occasion of Independence Day today, thousands in Guhawati took to the streets riding on cycles, motorcycles and waving the flag. This year Assam Government arranged a three-day programme starting August 13 throughout the state. All the government officials were directed to celebrate this year by organizing various programmes in their headquarters during these three days.
The Government announced that the three days will be marked by various cultural and sports event to keep up the spirit of the people in the state. It included competitions varying from extempore speech to drawing. The Government also advertised the schedule in which the government requested the people of the state to participate and cooperate in making the events a success.
— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2017
The second day, that is on August 14, a ‘run for national integrity’ was held in all Circles, Blocks, District and Sub-Divisional Headquarters. On Tuesday, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal presided over the celebrations wherein he talked about the struggle of the Assamese freedom fighters, who sacrificed their lives for the love of the country. (ALSO READ: From ‘Chalta Hai’ to ‘Badal Sakta Hai’, PM Narendra Modi Speaks of Creating a ‘New India’ in His Independence Day Speech)
This year the main event will be held in the Veterinary College Field in Guwahati’s Khanapara area. In line with other arrangements, police and members of the paramilitary forces were deployed across the city of Guwahati. Police set up check gates in various parts of the state.
However, this year, Assam is going through a flood crisis. With several districts of the state submerged, and in the recent, second of the floods, 15 persons being killed, this Independence Day will not be same for several in the state. As per a report, more than 22 lakh people were displaced and properties worth more than that was destroyed.
The floods also disrupted railway services to and from the state owing to submergence of railway tracks in Bihar’s Katihar and West Bengal’s Alipirduar divisions.