Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted people of the country on the occasion of Diwali. “Deepavali ke pawan avsar par sabhi desh wasion ko hardik shubh kamanayen (Greetings to the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Diwali),” he said in an official release. “Happy Diwali,” the Prime Minister added.
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Earlier in the day, Modi paid tributes to soldiers on the occasion of Diwali festival in his monthly radio programme, Mann Ki Baat. During the progarmme, he lauded the valour and sacrifices of soldiers and dedicated this Diwali to them.
Later, the Prime Minister met army, ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) personnel in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, keeping with his practice of celebrating Diwali with jawans. Modi as Prime Minister had celebrated his first Diwali in 2014 with Army in Siachen and last year on the Punjab border with Pakistan.