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Celebrations erupt in Pranab’s village

Press Trust of India
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Mr Pranab Mukherjee
Mr Pranab Mukherjee

Celebrations erupted in West Bengal’s Miriti village as its son, Mr Pranab Mukherjee won the presidential election on Sunday, with joyous residents dancing to the beats of ‘dhaks’ (traditional Bengal drum) and bursting firecrackers.

‘Amder gorbo Pranab Babu’ (Pranab Babu is our pride) said one of the banners put up near the gates of the house, where he conducts Durga Puja every year.

In fact, with Mr Mukherjee expected to win by a comfortable margin, the celebrations had begun since morning even before counting was taken up.

Huge flexi-boards were put up outside his ancestral house ‘Mukherjee Bhavan’, congratulating him on becoming the President-elect.

Songs specially written for the occasion were sung and there was beating of dhaks outside the house.

As the news of his win reached them, people played with colour and took out a procession.

Mukherjee Bhavan will be decorated with lights and a community feast held later in the night in the honour of Miriti’s most celebrated son.

(This article was published on July 22, 2012)
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