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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on Republic Day on Thursday and said it is special this time as it is being celebrated during the "Amrit Mahotsav" of the country's independence.

"Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav" is an initiative of the government to celebrate 75 years of independence.

Modi tweeted, "I wish that we move forward unitedly to fulfill the dreams of the country's great freedom fighters. Happy Republic Day to all fellow Indians!" 

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge extended his greetings on the occasion.

Today it is most important to safeguard the basic tenets of the Constitution like justice, equality, brotherhood, socialism and secularism, he tweeted in Hindi.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah extended his wishes on the occasion of Republic day.

"Greetings to all the countrymen on the occasion of 74th Republic Day," he tweeted. 

He further wrote, "Today, I salute all those freedom fighters, constitution makers and brave soldiers who have dedicated their lives to liberate, strengthen and protect the country."

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also extended his greetings on 74th Republic Day.

Happy Republic Day to all the countrymen. This day is an opportunity for all Indians to strengthen the country's constitutional traditions and rededicate themselves to the resolve to build a new India. Salute to all the constitution makers and freedom fighters of India, he tweeted in Hindi.

"Congratulations and best wishes to all the countrymen on the occasion of 74th Republic Day. This national festival provides an opportunity to all of us to reiterate our commitment to the independence, unity, integrity, pride, self-respect and constitution of the nation," he tweeted.

 Former Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu greeted all Indians on 74th Republic Day

"My greetings to all fellow-citizens on the occasion of India’s 74th Republic Day. On this historic day, let us recall the sacrifices of countless eminent & lesser-known freedom fighters & strive to build India of their dreams," he tweeted.

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "Wishing a very Happy Republic Day to all my beloved fellow Indians."

(Input from agencies)