Aurangabad(Maharashtra): Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday hoisted the national flag after paying floral tributes to the martyrs to mark of the anniversary of the Marathwada Mukti-Sangram day (Liberation Movement day).
Shinde was at the Aurangabad Muncipal Corporation’s (AMC) Siddarath garden here and on the occasion, he first wished people and met with the families of freedom fighters of Marathwada region who laid down their lives to free the region from the clutches of Nizam.
On September 17, 1948, the Marathwada region attained freedom from seventh Nizam rule Mir Osman Ali under the leadership of late Swami Ramanand Teerth and other Senior freedom fighters.
Union minister of state for finance Bhagwat Karad, State opposition leader in legislative council Ambadas Danve, and local MLAs , officials were among prominent present.
Flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at Aurangabad Bench of Bombay High Court and different government offices, schools, colleges, including at the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University campus to mark the the “Mukthisangram din”.
Though, the country got independence on August 15 ,1947 , few of the states such as Hyderabad, Kashmir and Junagarh continued to be rule by the traditional statesmen.
In those days Marathwada, Telangana and some part of the Karnataka was under the Hyderabad Nizam.
State freedom fighters led by Swami Ramananda Teerth fought the battle for the independence of the Marathwada region from the Hyderabad state.
Several freedom fighters died in a police action on September 13, 1948, before the region got independence on Sep 17, 1948, when the ruler of the Hyderabad state Nizam surrendered before the central Government forces.