Mumbai: Maharashtra celebrated Independence Day in a sombre mood Wednesday amid flag hoisting ceremonies and singing of national anthem at most places in the state.
The celebrations were subdued and kept low key due to the death of union minister and former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh Tuesday.
In Mumbai, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan hoisted the tricolour at the state secretariat Mantralaya.
Governor K. Sankaranarayanan unfurled the national flag at Council Hall in Pune. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, socialist Dr. Mohan Dharia and legislators were also present.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre hoisted the national flag at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan in Mumbai.
Schools and colleges in Mumbai and other towns also hoisted the national flags and celebrated the day with patriotic fervour.
Members of housing societies also marked the day by unfurling the tricolour.