President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minster Narendra Modi extended greetings to fellow countrymen on the occasion of Diwali.
Reminding everyone that Diwali symbolises the “victory of light over darkness and good over evil”, the President of the nation said “may the festival bring joy and prosperity to all sections of our people across the length and breadth of the country”
Lending the message, he urged “all Indians to celebrate Diwali in a pollution free manner.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his greetings on the festivity of Diwali through micro-blogging site Twitter which read “wishing people in India & across the world a Happy Diwali”
At a time when BJP veterans Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Yashwant Sinha and Shanta Kumar raised a banner of revolt against the leadership of PM Modi and party President Amit Shah on the wake of the Bihar polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with troops.
Addressing the troops in Khasa, he said, “I have come to celebrate Diwali with you. I am happy to get this opportunity…”
Hailing the soldiers, the Prime Minister said, “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.”
Against the backdrop of the continuing protests by several ex-servicemen over One Rank One Pension, Modi said it was for the first time that the government, while notifying its decision to implement the scheme, had also set up a commission to ensure there are no shortcomings in the process.
“It is a fool proof arrangement” PM assured soldiers on the issue of OROP.
This is the second successive Diwali that Modi spent with troops since becoming the Prime Minister. Last year on Diwali, he had paid a surprise visit to Siachen, the highest battleground in the world, to spend time with the troops.
On the eve of the festival of light, US President Barack Obama telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to greet him on Diwali and they agreed to meet in Turkey on the sidelines of the G20 Summit to be held early next week.
“A short while ago @POTUS (President of the United States) called. We exchanged Diwali greetings. This was our first conversation through the newly-established hotline,” Modi tweeted on Tuesday night.
“President Obama & I look forward to meeting in Turkey during the G20 summit” he said.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also wished the country a prosperous and happy Diwali through a video message.