October 22, 2019 | 11:30 PM IST
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PM joins Vijayadashmi festivities; Rafale keys handed-over to Rajnath Singh after ‘shastra pooja’

People across India celebrated Vijayadashmi with great fanfare on Tuesday. In most parts of the country – especially the northern and western belt, effigies of the ten-headed demon king Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna and son Meghnath are burnt marking the triumph of good over evil. However, at many places this year, several people opted for eco-friendly ways – like graphic Ravana and green crackers, to celebrate the festival.

Travelling in a metro, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too joined the celebrations at Sri Ram Leela Society in Dwarka. Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari and West Delhi MP Parvesh Sahib Singh welcomed the PM Modi and felicitated him with a ‘Gada’ and the Holy book of Ramcharitmanas.
While addressing the crowd, PM Modi said that festivals are an integral part of our values, education and social life and they unite and mould us, generating energy, enthusiasm and new dreams and urged people to celebrate the girl child this Diwali. On this occasion, he also called upon the people to take up a mission and work to achieve it. The mission could be anything like not wasting food, conserving energy, saving water, etc.

President Ram Nath Kovid took to Twitter wishing the nation on the auspicious occasion. He tweeted, “Greetings and good wishes to fellow citizens on Dusshera. The festival is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. It inspires us to live by honesty and truthfulness. May the day bring joy and prosperity to the people of the country #PresidentKovind
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took a ride in Rafale fighter jets after performing ‘shastra puja’ at Dassault Aviation Facility in France. Later, the handover ceremony was done in the presence of top delegation authorities. The first batch of 4 Rafale jets will be delivered to India by May 2020.

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