Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Monday slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for raising objections about her seating arrangement at the Republic Day celebrations. She also mocked AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for "playing sob sob" over not being invited on the occasion.
The Uttar Pradesh government's plan to maintain strict vigil through aerial surveillance over Ghaziabad and Noida during the Republic Day celebrations has been put off after the permission to fly a chopper was denied in view of security of US President Barack Obama.
Over 1,000 NSG snipers and 44,000 Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel will guard the capital on Republic Day, while 15,000 CCTV cameras will keep watch to ensure a safe visit of chief guest US President Barack Obama.
Days ahead of US President Barack Obama's India visit, Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed "ties between the world's oldest and largest democracies" with regard to economic growth and climate issues, among others.
A multi-layer security blanket has been thrown around the capital with thousands of armed personnel set to keep a tight vigil to thwart any possible terror strike or any untoward incident during the 65th Republic Day celebrations on Sunday.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday asked people to eradicate social evils like female foeticide and graft and lay emphasis on empowerment of women to further accelerate the pace of development.
Amid unfurling of the tricolour and colourful parades, the Republic Day was on Saturday celebrated across the country peacefully with a boycott call by Naxal and northeastern militant outfits failing to evoke response.