HYDERABAD: The grand celebrations marking the first State Formation Day got underway here Tuesday. Festive atmosphere prevailed in every part of the city with back-to-back cultural programmes organised at multiple venues.
As Parade Grounds became the venue for the official function, the entire stretch was decked up with festoons, banners and buntings. Traffic was barred between Paradise Circle and Patny Junction. The huge Metro Rail structure, which runs overhead, offered a pleasant shade for a posse of policemen who stood guard for the official function.
The hoardings of the likes of Telangana ideologue Prof Jayashankar, poet Dasaradhi Krishnamacharyulu and Telangana martyrs put up against the sturdy Metro Rail outside the venue stood as a gentle reminder of sacrifices that went into achieving statehood for Telangana.
As Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s voice echoed around the venue, curious bystanders peered through the grills of Parade Grounds. Motorists using Paradise flyover that runs parallel to the venue made a pitstop and craned their necks to get a glimpse of the colourful extravaganza.
Like always, policemen had bitter moments as self-styled leaders of the ruling party sought entry from the VVIP gallery without passes. Though cops persuaded them to take other entry points, the picked up arguments with them.
In one such instance, TRS GHMC president Mynampalli Hanumantha Rao and Malkjagiri MLA Chintala Kanaka Reddy forced their way through the VVIP entrance after cops made a vain bid to persuade them to take other entrance.
Time for Telangana Ruchulu
What’s a celebration without a sumptuous meal? That’s the idea behind the Telangana Food Festival being organised at Hotel Plaza in Begumpet, Hyderabad. Information Technology Minister KT Rama Rao inaugurated the food festival, that offers authentic Telangana cuisine to the visitors. So gourmets, go dig into some mouth-watering delicacies. The food festival is being held this entire week as a part of the celebrations
CM Meets and greets his Staff
It was a special day for the employees working at Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s camp office and his security personnel as KCR personally greeted them on the occasion of the Telangana Formation Day. They were pleasantly surprised when the CM, after participating in the celebrations at the Parade Grounds, came back to the camp office to have a chat with each of his employees and enquired about their problems.