Kolkata, Jan 26 (PTI) Amid tight security, the 69th Republic Day was celebrated with pomp and gaiety across West Bengal today in the presence of the dignitaries and common people. Also Read - BJP Local Leader Shot At In West Bengal's Nadia District, Party Blames TMC

The day began with Governor K N Tripathi hoisting the tricolor at Red Road here in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a host of cabinet ministers and senior officials of the state and three wings of the armed forces. Also Read - Mamata to Contest From Nandigram, Releases List of 291 Candidates; 50 Women, 42 Muslims in TMC List

A hovering military helicopter showered rose petals from over the venue to greet the dignitaries. Also Read - In Poll-Bound Bengal, Yogi Raises Love Jihad and Cow Slaughter Issues, Attacks Mamata Banerjee

Tripathi also presided over an hour-long march past of the armed forces, police forces and civilians, including school students.

The CM greeted everyone on this occasion.

Thousands of people had gathered at Red Road early in the day to witness the Republic Day parade.

A major attraction of the procession was the tableaux that displayed army artillery guns, rocket launchers, spyder missiles. The bike stunts performed by the army personnel on this occasion were also cheered by the audience.

The ‘unity in brotherhood’ tableau from the state, which was rejected by the Centre for this Republic Day procession, was also included in the Red Road parade today, as promised by the chief minister.

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