Republic Day: PM Narendra Modi wears Uttarakhand cap, Manipur stole
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ditched his traditional turban look on Republic Day this year
He wore a traditional cap from Uttarakhand with an image of the brahmakamal
Official sources said Modi uses the brahmakamal whenever he offers prayers at Kedarnath
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore a traditional Uttarakhand cap and a sported Manipuri stole on the occasion of the country’s 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday. The Prime Minister ditched his customary turban look, which he usually wears at Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations.
The cap is adorned with an image of a brahmakamal, the state flower of Uttarakhand. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami thanked PM Modi for the gesture. “I thank the Prime Minister on behalf of Uttarakhand's 1.25 crore people,” Dhami said in a tweet in Hindi.
PM Modi uses the brahmakamal whenever he offers prayers at Kedarnath, PTI reported quoting official sources.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister often wears the traditional Manipuri scarf, which is called ‘Leirum Phi’ and is a part of the Meitei tribe’s attire.
Both Uttarakhand and Manipur are heading to polls next month to elect new state governments. Uttarakhand will vote on February 14, while Manipur will vote on February 27 and March 3. Results will be declared on March 10.
Last year, he sported a a special turban from Gujarat’s Jamnagar on 72nd Republic Day. On Independence Day last year, he chose a saffron headgear with red patterns and a long plume.
He is known to wear colourful turbans with long tails called ‘Safa’, which he often wears for his independence speech at Red Fort. For his maiden Independence Day speech in 2014, he had opted for a bright red Jodhpuri bandhej turban with green at the tail.
In 2015, he chose a yellow turban covered with multi-coloured crisscross lines, and a tie and dye turban in hues of pink and yellow in 2016.
The prime minister's turban for 2017 was a mix of bright red and yellow with crisscrossed golden lines all over. He donned a saffron turban for his appearance at the Red Fort in 2018.