Chennaites herald in the new year with gusto
Balloons and festoons coupled with joyous shrieks of "Wish You A Happy New Year," echoed all over Chennai, which has now shed its `conservative city` image, with young men and women exchanging pleasantries. However, the celebrations came in with a bit of a dampner as city police enforced strict `no-no` on partying and celebrations.
The men in khaki had made it clear that license violations regarding celebrations in hotels and causing inconvenience to others in the name of celebrations among others would be dealt with seriously. They had especially warned that eve-teasing would not be taken lightly.
A large posse of policemen were posted at Marina and other places even as tipplers enjoyed a pint to herald the New Year. Friends were seen enquiring about each others` New Year resolutions, with some replies eliciting instant laughter and giggles.
2011 had been an eventful year for the state with a change of guard in the saddle of power. AIADMK had trounced its arch rival DMK to unseat the Karunanidhi-led government.
Leaders, including Governor K Rosaiah, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, DMK president Karunanidhi among others had extended their greetings to the people of the state, wishing them all success and a prosperous 2012.
Some temples and churches in the city were open for special midnight prayers and masses.