COVID-19: 61st Maharashtra foundation day celebrations remain low-key

MUMBAI: The 61st foundation day of Maharashtra is being celebrated in a low-key manner on Saturday in view of the coronavirus situation in the state. This is for the second consecutive year that no big events are being held to mark the state foundation day due to the pandemic.

महाराष्ट्र दिनानिमित्त मंत्रालयात आयोजित कार्यक्रमात मुख्यमंत्री उद्धव बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांच्या हस्ते ध्वजारोहण करण्यात आले. त्यानंतर छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज, डॉ. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर, राजमाता जिजाऊ यांच्या प्रतिमेस पुष्प अर्पण करून अभिवादन केले.
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On the occasion, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray hoisted the national flag at Mantralaya, the administrative headquarters of the state in south Mumbai. Thackeray paid floral tributes to the portraits of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Maratha king’s mother Jijamata and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar there.

Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat were also present there. Earlier, Thackeray visited Hutatma Chowk in south Mumbai and placed a wreath at the memorial to pay respects to 105 martyrs, who laid down their lives for a unified Maharashtra.

Apart from Thackeray and Walse Patil, Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar, DGP Sanjay Pandey, Mumbai city collector Rajiv Nivatkar and Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal were present there.

In other parts of the state, guardian ministers unfurled the tricolour at the respective district headquarters.