70th Republic Day 2019: Sachin Tendulkar, Sania Mirza, Jasprit Bumrah Lead Wishes On Twitter
2019 Republic Day: Herschelle Gibbs also took to Twitter to wish India a Happy Republic Day.
India is busy celebrating its 70th Republic Day, and how could the sports stars miss out on sending across their best wishes to one and all. Sachin Tendulkar, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal and many other Indian sport celebs took to Twitter to celebrate. In fact, former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs also sent out his greetings on the micro-blogging site.
Here's a list of Twitter reactions from the world of sports.
Warm Republic Day greetings to all Indians.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 26, 2019
On this special occasion, let's take a collective step forward, towards a strong, healthy and prosperous India.
Jai Hind! #HappyRepublicDay2019
Happy Republic Day pic.twitter.com/XIhoWxiDgz— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 26, 2019
Happy Republic Day to everyone ????????— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) January 26, 2019
Celebrations for the 70th Republic Day began on Saturday when the ceremonial parade rolled down the majestic Rajpath here with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in attendance as the chief guest, amid unprecedented security deployment in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes to the martyrs by laying a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti in the presence of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the three service chiefs.
Later PM Modi, wearing his traditional kurta pajama and the trademark Nehru jacket, reached the Rajpath and received President Ram Nath Kovind and the chief guest President Ramaphosa.
At the unfurling of the tricolour, the band played the national anthem with a 21-gun salute fired in the background. Many senior leaders, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and Deve Gowda, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among those present on the occasion. The overall theme for the Republic Day celebrations this year is the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and tableaux of many states, themed on him, are lined up for the occasion.
Officials said Ramaphosa is the second South African president, after Nelson Mandela, to attend the grand event as its chief guest. Four Indian National Army (INA) veterans, aged over 90 years, took part in the parade, among the many firsts for a Republic Day parade.
(With PTI inputs)