Prez not to celebrate New Year in view of Delhi gang-rape case

Hyderabad: President Pranab Mukherjee, who is currently on his winter sojourn at Rashtrapati Nilayam at Bolarum here, has decided not to celebrate New Year’s Day tomorrow in view of the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim.
“In view of the recent tragic events leading to the loss of a young girl, the President of India has decided not to take part in any celebrations of the New Year. The President has also decided not to receive any greetings in person,” an official communication said tonight.

The President is scheduled to fly back to New Delhi tomorrow at the end of his week-long sojourn.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu and Union Minister of State for Tourism K Chiranjeevi have also announced that they would not celebrate New Year’s Day as a mark of respect to the New Delhi gang-rape victim.