President, Vice President greet people on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari on Saturday greeted people on the eve of Diwali.

“Diwali is a harbinger of hope and aspirations for a better tomorrow. It signifies the triumph of righteousness and victory of good over evil. May the lighting of lamps this year dispel the darkness of ignorance and suffering and illumine our lives with hope and prosperity,” said Mukherjee in his message.

“Let us on this day try to bring happiness in the lives of the less fortunate and needy by lighting the lamp of love, care and sharing. May this festival of lights radiate happiness, peace and prosperity in every home across the country. Let us all celebrate a safe and pollution free Diwali,” added Mukherjee.

Extending his greetings, Ansari wished peace, harmony, prosperity and happiness for the people.

“I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, the festival of lights,” Ansari said in a message.

“Celebrated with traditional fervour and zeal, Deepawali signifies the victory of good over evil and reaffirms our faith in the noble and virtuous life of Lord Rama,” he added.