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President Droupadi Murmu pays floral tribute to Birsa Munda, skips Ranchi function

Guv, CM, Union ministers accompany Droupadi Murmu 

Ranchi, November 15: President Droupadi Murmu arrived in Ranchi on Tuesday morning and directly went to Ulihatu, the birthplace of Birsa Munda where she paid floral tributes at a bust of the tribal icon on his birth anniversary.

She had skipped attending the main statehood function at Ranchi.

Birsa Munda’s birth anniversary is celebrated as ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Divas’.

Murmu arrived at the Birsa Munda Airport at about 9 am and was welcomed by Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais, Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Union ministers Arjun Munda and Annapurna Devi.

From there, she flew in an Indian Air Force chopper to Ulihatu, Birsa Munda’s village, about 70 km from the state capital.

This was Murmu’s first visit to Jharkhand, where she was earlier the governor, after assuming the office of the country’s first citizen.

She was accorded a warm welcome at Ulihatu, where the villagers danced to the tune of traditional instruments like the dhol, nagara and mandar (all percussion instruments).

Even though common people were not allowed at the main venue due to security reasons, many of them dressed in traditional attires stood on both sides of the road to greet the president.

Murmu paid floral tributes at a bust marking the birthplace of the legendary tribal freedom fighter. She also spoke to Birsa Munda’s descendants before visiting the nearby complex named after him and paid her respects at the full-size statue of the tribal icon there.

Murmu tweeted, “Today, I had the good fortune to pay floral tributes at the statue of Bhagwan Birsa Munda in Ulihatu village. Visiting the places associated with his birth and work is like a pilgrimage for me.” After spending about 30 minutes at Ulihatu, she returned to Ranchi airport in the special chopper and flew to Madhya Pradesh, where she will address a Janjatiya Samagam at Shahdol. Bais, Soren and the two union ministers saw her off at the airport.

“I want the people of Jharkhand to cherish their culture, traditions and customs and establish new dimensions of eco-friendly development,” she said in another Twitter post.

The function also saw Hemant Soren, Governor Ramesh Bais, Union tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda, Union minister of state for education, Annapurna Devi and state social welfare minister Joba Majhi also paying floral tributes to the tribal icon Birsa Munda.

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