People of Maharashtra celebrated the 72nd Independence Day with patriotic fervour on Wednesday.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis led the Independence Day celebrations by hoisting the tricolour at the Mantralaya (state secretariat) in the city.
Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao hoisted the flag at the Council Hall in Pune, while Legislative Council Chairman Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar unfurled the tricolour at the Vidhan Bhavan in the state capital.
Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar hoisted the flag at the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters in south Mumbai, while Guardian Minister of Mumbai (suburbs) Vinod Tawde took part in the flag-hoisting ceremony at the district collector office in Bandra.
Western Railway (WR) general manager A K Gupta hoisted the flag and flagged off a 30-bike rally of the railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel in the city to highlight the theme of ‘security of women and children’.
Central Railway (CR) general manager D K Sharma hoisted the flag and addressed a gathering, where he highlighted various achievements of the CR.
Schools, colleges, universities, housing complexes, government and private companies, various organisations across the state also held I-Day functions. The police provided tight security to prevent any untoward incident.
Different political parties, including BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP, MNS and Samajwadi Party held flag-hoisting ceremonies at their respective offices in the state.