Thane Sep 8 (UNI) The Youth Baton Relay(YBR), a part of the third edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games(CYG), received an enthralling response from the people of Maharashtra.
The YBR was given grand welcome for the relay run by the denizens of Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Dombivili Ulhasnagar, Ambarnath, which come under their respective corporations and municipality espectively.
The YBR would now head for the historic fort of Raigadh, where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was crowned ''Emperor'' and would have a night halt at the fort.
Thane Mayor Smita Indulkar, MP Anand Paranajape and MLA Eknath Shinde, besides taking part, also started the YBR's further journey on behalf of the localities.
Students from 60 local schools lined up on both sides of the two-km long route of the relay and cheered the relay team with the traditional display of dhol-lazim and band.
On reaching Bhiwandi, the YBR was received by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the civic body and local MLAs.
The locals thronged the Parshuram Taware Stadium to see off the YBR with thunderous cheers and applause.
Similarly, Kalyan Mayor Ramesh Jadhav, Deputy Mayor Narendra Pawar and MLA Hareshwar Patil extended a grand felicitation to the relay team.
A huge mob of 10,000 people and students welcomed the YBR with colourful buntings and flags.
Amidst the festive atmosphere, MLA Papu Kalani and the people welcomed the team with displays of dhols, lezim and band.
The students of Himat Mal College were present in large numbers and gave a thrilling welcome by presenting a cultural show.
In a befitting display, the YBR baton was received by octogenarian former international athlete Nicholus Thoro, when the relay reached the Ambarnath Municipality.
The young students displayed their skills and flare in a unique way by playing soccer and hockey so as to welcome the relay team.
Tomorrow, the YBR would reach the Raigadh Fort for the night halt after passing through Panvel, Pen, and Mahad.
After paying tribute to the Samadhi of Chhatarapati Shivaji Maharaj, the YBR baton would be carried down the fort by Mavalas in the traditional uniform of the bygone Maratha army to Pachad to pay homage to Rajmata Jijabai's Samadhi.
The admirers of Chhatarapati Shivaji Maharaj would be present in large numbers both at Raigadh and Pachad to celebrate the occasion.
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