Raipur: BJP chief Nitin Gadkari on Friday inaugurated the celebrations for 12th foundation day of Chhattisgarh in the new capital Naya Raipur.

Amidst heavy rainfall, Gadkari congratulated the people of the state, saying it had made progress in several fields in the last 12 years.

Naya Raipur became the state's official capital today. The BJP chief expressed hope that the state would soon be counted amongst the progressive states in the country and said Naya Raipur would be the "most beautiful" capital in India.

Chief Minister Raman Singh congratulated people of the state on the occasion. Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda was also present. Filmmaker Anurag Basu was felicitated on the occasion, while singer Sonu Nigam and actor Kareena Kapoor performed at the event.

(Agencies)

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