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Commoners, bigwigs in UP celebrate Diwali with traditional fervor

IANS  |  Lucknow 

Commoners, political heavyweights and social bigwigs came together on Diwali, and celebrated the festival of lights, which marks the return of Lord Ram to after a 14-year exile, across with traditional fervor and gaiety on Wednesday. As soon as the sun set, people retired to their homes after shopping and prayed before the idols of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi.

In Lucknow, the sky lit up with fire crackers and lights as people burst crackers, unmindful of the restrictions imposed by law. High-decibel crackers were also burst across the state though no untoward incident has been reported from anywhere, a informed IANS.

State-owned buses were choc a'bloc with passengers as they ran to capacity due to the last minute rush on the festival. Minister was in during the festival where he met seers and paid obeisance to Lord Ram at the makeshift temple and to Lord Hanuman, the money god, at Hanumangarhi.

(SP) spent the festival with the Yadav clan at his native village Saifai in Etawah. Family patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav drove to his younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav's house to bless him on Diwali, family sources informed. Several leaders of the ruling spent time in their native places or assembly constituencies.

wished the people of the state on the and so did the three-time UP Minister and supremo Mayawati. In a message issued by her party, the specially greeted the troopers who were away safeguarding the borders, far from their families on the festival.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 22:36 IST
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