Political leaders soak in spirit of Holi

Bhubaneswar: Even as mercury in the State capital soared to 38 degrees Celsius on Thursday, hundreds of people thronged the city lanes and bylanes to celebrate the festival of colours today. Political leaders were equally geared up to get themselves drenched in colours.

Politicians and their supporters across the party line were seen smearing colours on each other and distributing sweets among themselves. They too were seen playing Holi and taking selfies.

Extending his greetings, Union Tribal Affairs minister Jual Oram said, “I wish everybody on this Holi festival. May this festival of colours bring happiness for all.” Oram who chose to celebrate the festival at his home said there should not be any sort of rivalry while playing with gulal.

The saffron party’s State president Basant Panda who celebrated the occasion at the part office said, “This is the only occasion we get time to mingle everybody and it should be enjoyed to the fullest.”

The Congress party’s office here also smeared with colour. Party president Prasad Harichandan met workers and office bearers. The party workers were seen dancing to the tune of Holi songs and desi beats.

“Holi is the festival of colors. Our lives have to be colorful, our country has to be colourful. We must live for the satisfaction of others,” he said.

However, BJD supremo and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik chose to stay at his house. The party office wore a deserted look and thin attendance was noticed throughout the day.

But ministers Damodar Rout and Ashok Panda celebrated the festival with much verve and vigour.

“Without holding a grouse against one another, I believe it should be celebrated by one and all,” Rout stated.