Telugu people pay silent tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

Hyderabad: People of two Telugu speaking States have paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 69thA�death anniversary in a unique way by observing two minutes silence.

The silence was observed atA�11 amA�on Monday at all the government offices and educational institutions as a token of respect for Mahatma Gandhi and others who sacrificed their lives for the Independence ofA�India. Traffic was also stopped at major intersections inA�HyderabadA�and other towns in Telangana and atA�VijayawadaA�andA�Visakhapatnam in AP. Vehicular traffic came to a standstill on the roads for two minutes at 11 o clock when people stopped their vehicles and paid tributes to martyrs. Policemen on duty also observed two minutes silence.

In Hyderabad, people stopped their vehicles at main junctions and other cross roads to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Police appealed to the civilians to ensure full solemnity during the silent minutes. Governor of the twoA�TeluguA�States, ESL Narasimhan, and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao paid floral tributes at the Bapu Ghat inA�Hyderabad. Also, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, several Telangana ministers and top officials along with political leaders paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at theA�Bapu Ghat.

In Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his Cabinet colleagues paid their tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. a��NSS

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