Hyderabad: The former chief minister and Telugu Desam party president, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, enthusiastically participated in Holi celebrations at his Jubilee Hills residence here on Saturday.
The former chief minister freely mingled with his Telugu Mahila activists and Lambada women. He also beat drums and danced with the women on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naidu said that lives of the people of the State should turn colourful like the pleasant Holi colours. He expressed hope that the Holi festival would bring peace, happiness and plenty to every one. Tribal girls and youth, who came in large number from different parts of the city greeted him on the occasion and applied colours to him.
Stating that Holi symbolizes the victory of good over evil, Mr Naidu expressed his happiness that the festival was observed by every one, irrespective of caste creed or religion. This is one of the festivals observed by the rich and the poor, the elderly and the youngsters alike, he said. This festival also symbolizes the Indian culture and tradition, he added.
Mr Bilya Naik, TDP ST cell president, and party senior leaders, Mr Ramesh Rathod, Mr Ramana Naik, Mr Raju Naik and Ms Sobha Haimavathi participated in the function.
AT PUBLIC GARDENS
The Hyderabad City Police Commissioner, Mr A K Khan, participated in Holi celebration organised by the Public Garden Walkers’ Association, Nampally on Saturday morning. Speaking on the occasion, the Police Commissioner wished that instability and uncertainty in the State ended early. The BJP senior leader, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, was also present.
On account of Holi festival, the VIP rush to Tirumala increased. Tollywood hero Akkineni Nagarjuna, Bollywood heroine Deepika Pudukone and several others flown into Tirumala and worshipped the Lord Balaji on Saturday. The Deputy Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, also had a darshan of the Sri Venkateshwara.
In Raj Bhavan, the Governor, Mr E S L Narasimhan, and his wife participated in Holi celebrations. The Governor said that he wished all the people in the State remain happy and prosperous. (NSS)