Kolkata erupts in joy as Pranab becomes president

Kolkata: The city erupted with joy today as Pranab Mukherjee was sworn in as the country's new president, the first Bengali to occupy the high office. People smeared green gulal on each other and danced to celebrate the historic moment.

Congratulatory arches were erected over several roads, especially near the state Congress office Bidhan Bhavan.

Pranab Mukherjee was today sworn in as India's 13th President. PTI

Large-life size portraits of Mukherjee with Congress flags attached adorned several intersections in the city.

Emotional scenes were witnessed on the roads as people burst firecrackers.

Congress workers had started assembling at Bidhan Bhavan since morning and as soon as the oath-taking ceremony was over, they hugged each other and raised slogans of "Pranab Mukherjee Zindabad!"

They also took out colourful processions in the city and several districts celebrating the occasion of Pranab-da becoming the first person from Bengal to become India's president.

Party workers also distributed sweets in several parts of the city.

IANS


Updated Date: Jul 25, 2012 15:30 PM

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