July 23, 2012 5:06:55 am
Three of President-elect Pranab Mukherjees sisters are on their way to New Delhi to attend his swearing-in ceremony that is scheduled this week.
His eldest sister,Annapurna Devi,however,said she cannot go to the Rashtrapati Bhavan due to her frail health but rather Pranab will come down to their ancestral village,Kirnahar,in Bolpur soon.
Though I dont know the exact date when he will come to our village,he will come to seek blessings of our deity in the household, she said.
Annapurna Devi informed that three of her sisters have already left for Delhi and will gift Pranab books and sweets after the swearing-in ceremony.
As I am 84 now,I cannot attend the swearing-in function though I want to. I used to pray to God for his best every day,I think my prayers have borne fruit.
Meanwhile,Kirnahar village had started celebrating Pranabs victory since morning itself,much before their Poltuda ,as he is fondly called her,counting started.
Many of Pranabs relatives smeared colour on each other and distributed sweets.
Villagers danced to the beats of dhaks and bursting firecrackers. Songs,especially written for the occasion,were sung today with villagers dancing to the tune.
Amder gorbo Pranab Babu (Pranab Babu is our pride) said one of the banners put up near the gates of the house,where he conducts Durga Puja every year.
Huge flexi-boards were put up outside his ancestral house ,congratulating him on becoming the President.
People played with colour and took out a procession,and also decided to host a community feast in honour of their most-celebrated son.
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