Following the government’s ban on plastic-made tricolour, the market is flooded with paper and cloth flags ahead of 71st Republic Day. Markets in Guwahati wore a festive look on the occasion of the Republic Day.
The makeshift shops were also abuzz with festivity in Guwahati. The shopkeepers were seen busy catering to the customers. The vendors have set up stalls along the footpath on the busy GS Road.
“The protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Assam have led to a boom in the sales of the tricolour,” said a vendor.
“The flag comes in three sizes – the smaller one costs Rs 5, the medium one comes at Rs 10 and the biggest flag in my stall costs Rs 100,” said another vendor.
The Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on January 26, 1950, replacing the Government of India Act as the governing document of India.
“Tricolour caps, tiny tricolour badges, car accessories, stickers, wrist bands and of course flags are available in my stall. I sell only paper and cloth flags. This tricolour is the pride of the country,” a vendor added, as he greets his customers.
On the other hand, vigilance have been intensified on vital installations and sensitive spots like railway stations, bus termini, shopping malls, airport in Assam. Security has been beefed up ahead of Republic day. “Round the clock naka checking is going on across the state,” said a police official.
The state-level Republic Day ceremony will be held at the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara playground, Guwahati. Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi will unfurl the national flag in Guwahati.
In a first, the marching contingent at the Khanapara field will be led by a team of Assam Rifles from Meghalaya this year. Special arrangements are being made for the differently-abled persons joining the 71st Republic Day celebrations at the Khanapara playground.
Guwahati had been on the boil last month due to violent protests against the CAA. To mark the celebrations, all schools have been directed to conduct quiz and debate competitions by the Kamrup Metropolitan district administration.
For smooth functioning of the celebrations, a three-tier security blanket has been put into place besides installation of CCTV cameras, Kamrup Metro, Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu informed.