Republic Day Parade 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Glorious display of ‘Nari Shakti’ on Rajpath
Republic Day Parade 2019: Several leaders and cabinet ministers like Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, former PMs Manmohan Singh, Deve Gowda, Opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Arvind Kejriwal were present at the grounds.
Republic Day 2019 LIVE UPDATES: R-Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgiyal)
Republic Day Parade 2019 LIVE UPDATES: The 70th Republic Day was celebrated with huge pomp and show in New Delhi as a grand parade rolled down Rajpath. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti which was followed by the unfurling of the flag by President Ram Nath Kovind with a 21-gun salute in the background. The PM and President were accompanied by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the Chief Guest for the event.
Republic Day Parade 2019 LIVE UPDATES: Border Security Force “Daredevils” at Rajpath during the dress rehearsal for the 70th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)
India celebrates 70th Republic Day 2019 and parade today:
Delhi gears up for its annual pomp and parade as India prepares to celebrate its 70th Republic Day today. The parade will begin from Vijay Chowk and proceed towards the Red Fort grounds through Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to wish the citizens on the occasion of Republic Day. He will lay a floral wreath at the Amar Jyoti Jawan before the beginning of the parade.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosac is the Chief Guest for the event this year. He will be accompanying the President to the saluting dais. The Republic Day Parade will kick off at 9.50 am. The programme can also be streamed online on Doordarshan’s YouTube channel.
In his address to the nation on the eve of the 70th Republic Day of India, Kovind said, “An election is not just a political exercise. An election is a collective call to wisdom and a collective call to action. It represents renewal and a recommitment to the goals and hopes of a shared and egalitarian society.
It represents the diverse and yet singular urges of the people and the Republic of India. This makes the very act of voting a sacred act. Please perform this act. Who the voter chooses to vote for is up to him or her, I would only request all eligible voters to go out and vote."
Last year, which was touted as a first, 10 Heads of State of ASEAN countries were invited as chief guests for the celebrations.