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- SUBRAT DAS

Governor SC Jamir plays Holi with differently-abled children in Raj Bhavan on Friday

Bhubaneswar, March 6: Governor S.C. Jamir today took some time out to share the joy with the differently-abled children by playing Holi with them.

On the other hand, leaders of various political parties celebrated Holi with their party workers and family members.

A group of differently-abled children today came to Raj Bhavan to play Holi with the first citizen of the state. Jamir also enthusiastically received them and shared some time with them. The children were also overwhelmed with joy.

However, the Holi celebration at Raj Bhavan was restricted to this programme only.

In a similar gesture, state Congress chief Prasad Harichandan visited the Bhima Bhoi School for Blind in the city to celebrate Holi with the vision, speech and hearing-impaired students. "I am happy that I am celebrating Holi with the children who cannot see or hear the celebrations, but feel," a visibly excited Harichandan told The Telegraph.

Later, he celebrated the occasion at Congress Bhavan with his party colleagues and cadres. "The people of Odisha are now disillusioned with the colourful dreams shown by Naveen Patnaik. I hope, the despair will be over and good days will come in future," he said.

State Congress president Prasad Harichandan celebrates Holi with party workers at Congress Bhavan

Senior Congress leaders, including leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, former Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra and former minister Suresh Kumar Routray, also played Holi with party workers.

The atmosphere at BJP state headquarters was quite joyous with party leaders and cadres, mostly women and youths, dancing to the tunes of popular Holi songs and exchanging sweets and Holi colours. Senior leaders, including Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and state vice-president Pritviraj Harichandan, took part in the celebrations. Pradhan wished prosperity of the state and his party as well.

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan celebrates Holi at the BJP party office in Bhubaneswar

"As Holi symbolises conquer of evil forces by benign forces, I hope the good days are coming," said Pradhan hoping the change of fortune of his party in power at the Centre. Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram spent time with his supporters and family members at his residence.

On the other hand, the BJD office, which was abuzz with activities yesterday on the occasion of Biju Patnaik's 99th birth anniversary, wore a deserted look today as its president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik skipped Holi celebrations.

A few BJD workers celebrate Holi outside Naveen Nivas on Friday. Pictures by Sanjib Mukherjee

However, senior party leaders, including co-operation minister Damodar Rout, higher education minister Pradeep Panigrahi and party spokesman Amar Prasad Satpathy, celebrated the occasion with party supporters and family members. "We play Holi to seek pleasure out of despair and monotony," said veteran Rout.

Leaders and workers of smaller parties also celebrated Holi at their respective party offices.

 


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