New Delhi, Aug 15 : Undeterred by heavy rains, the people in the National Capital reached the majestic Red Fort early morning to celebrate the 73rd Independence Day.
The overcast skies and rain did not discourage thousands of schoolchildren and people from all walks of life from gathering at the Red Fort and witnessing Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurl the Tri-color and deliver his sixth Independence Day speech.
Clad in a white kurta and sporting a largely saffron turban, the Prime Minister started his day by paying tribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at RajGhat and then reached the Red Fort where he was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik and the Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra.
The Prime Minister was introduced by the Defence Secretary to the General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area, Lieutenant General Asit Mistry who conducted PM to the Saluting Base where Inter-Services and Police Guards presented a general salute to him, following which he inspected the Guard of Honour.
Mr Modi then headed towards the ramparts, where a number of cabinet ministers, former PM Dr Manmohan Singh and other leaders including the Chiefs of Army , Navy and Air Force were also present. Dressed in colours of the national flag, schoolchildren sat on Red Fort lawns forming ' Naya Bharat '.
Besides, people in large numbers also gathered outside the fort boundaries to hear the PM's address and witness the national festivities. The people were not just locals but majority of them belonged to neighbouring states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. PM Modi also extended Rakhi greetings to the people besides wishing everyone on the Independence day as he began his address to the nation. (UNI)