Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Jan 26 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) performed a ‘Maha Aarti’ dedicated to ‘Bharat Mata’ on the occasion of 69th Republic Day, where thousands of students and people participated in Telangana’s Hyderabad city. Also Read - After Mumbai Power Blackout, Telangana Faced Cyber Attack Attempt by China | Here's What Happened

Amberpet BJP MLA G. Kishan Reddy told ANI, “Swamy Vivekananda always advised us to respect our ‘Bharat Mata’ (Motherland), so in his words of inspiration we organised this programme today. More than 20,000 people, including students, participated from various areas of Hyderabad”. Also Read - Hyderabad Software Engineer Stabbed At Home By Her Stalker

“This programme is first of its kind in India”, Reddy added. Also Read - India, Pakistan Agree to Follow Ceasefire Pacts, Stop Firing Along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

Yesterday, there were some objections to the programme being planned by legislators of the BJP. The objection was that religion should not intrude into Republic Day, which is a secular event. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.