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Holi: PM Modi, President Kovind extend greetings on the festival of colours

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At a time when the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc in India with infections and deaths rising rapidly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday extended their greetings on the occasion of the festival of colours—Holi.

Holi will infuse new energy: PM Modi

PM Modi took to Twitter and wished people on the occasion that he says infuses new vigour and energy in the lives of people. He tweeted, “Wishing you all a very happy Holi. This festival of joy, happiness, laughter and glee should infuse new energy into everyone’s life.”

President Kovind tweeted, “Greetings to all fellow citizens on Holi. The festival of colours, Holi, is a festival of social harmony which brings about joy, delight and hope in the lives of people. May this festival further strengthen the spirit of nationalism which is integral to our cultural diversity.”

Cabinet ministers extend Holi greetings

Union home minister Amit Shah and several other ministers extended their wishes to everyone on the occasion of Holi.

Shah tweeted, “Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Holi. May this great festival of colour, unity, and goodwill bring happiness, peace and good luck to all of you.”

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also wished everyone on the occasion of Holi. “Greetings to everyone on the occasion of Holi. May this festival of colours bless you with happiness, health & prosperity,” Singh tweeted.

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As the nation celebrates the festival of colors, BJP national president JP Nadda wished that the festival brings happiness and prosperity to everyone’s life.

“Hearty greetings of Holi, a festival of colours, to all countrymen. On this auspicious festival of happiness and mutual harmony, I wish it brings happiness and prosperity in everyone’s life,” Nadda tweeted.

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi wished everyone on the occasion of Holi. Taking to Twitter, he urged everyone to follow coronavirus guidelines.

Fear of more COVID-19 infections post Holi

Several states have imposed public celebrations of Holi, whereas some governments have allowed public celebrations albeit with a host of restrictions in place. However, experts are worried that gatherings during Holi could result in a spurt in cases.

Notably, India on Sunday recorded 68,020 COVID-19 cases and 291 deaths in a day. It is the biggest single-day surge in cases since October last year.

 

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