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Prez’s 2 years in office

Prez’s 2 years in office
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Prez’s 2 years in office, India\'s own version of Madame Tussauds museum was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday, with fibre-glass statues of former Presidents and eye-catching gifts received by them from abroad on display.

  • Opens Madame Tussauds-type museum at Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi: India's own version of Madame Tussauds museum was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday, with fibre-glass statues of former Presidents and eye-catching gifts received by them from abroad on display.

President Pranab Mukherjee sees his replica at the newly-created museum at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also seen. (Right)  President gets into a playful mood as Union Minister Smriti Irani looks on, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan

The opening of the museum, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was part of a series of programmes being organised by the Rashtrapati Bhavan to commemorate completion of Mukherjee's two years in office. Flanked by Modi on one side and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with his wife Gursharan Kaur on the other, Mukherjee cut the ribbon of the museum which was dedicated to people of the country as part of the President's initiative to make Rashtrapati Bhavan people-friendly.

Thanking Modi, Cabinet ministers and others, Mukherjee said, "I am sure this museum will enable the people of our nation to obtain an inside view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, its art, architecture and vibrant community as well as educate them on the lives of various Presidents." The museum showcases landmark events like planning and construction of Raisina Hill edifices, signing of Gandhi-Irwin pact in the erstwhile Viceroy's House, meeting of leaders to take a decision on the partition of India and oath taking ceremonies, held in Durbar Hall, of first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and first President Babu Rajendra Prasad.

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