Nation Celebrates Diwali, President and PM Extend Greetings
Patna, India | Red Newswire | Nov 8, 2015 Last Updated at 10:00 PM IST.
The festive season is upon the country marked with lights, firework displays, candle decorated house, sharing of wishes and gifts and feasts.
On the eve of Diwali, President Pranab Mukherjee today extended his greetings to the countrymen by tweeting, “May the festival bring joy and prosperity to all sections of our people across the length and breadth of the country.” He also urged to celebrate Diwali in a pollution free manner.
On the other hand, PM Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali today with troops and remarked that it is because of their valour and character that the world looks at India with respect. He also visited Dograi War Memorial, Amritsar and laid a wreath on one of the toughest battles venues.
Modi said, “I have come to celebrate Diwali wity you. I am happy to get this opportunity. It is because of your valour, dedication and dreams that the whole world looks at India with respect. It is not only because of the uniform but character of the armed forces.” He said India’s head is held high among nations because of the armed forces.
PM Modi added, “I congratulate those who have provided leadership over several years to the armed forces.” This tribute comes against the protests by ex-servicemen over dilution of OROP (One Rank One Pension) during which many war veterans gave their medal back.
Later, Modi tweeted, “I spent time with our soldiers and we had a wonderful conversation.” This is his second Diwali with the troops since he became Prime Minister. Last year also he had spent time with troops in Siachen.