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President, VP, PM greet people on Diwali

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President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President M Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today greeted people on the occasion of Diwali, the festival of lights, that will be celebrated tomorrow.

"On the festive occasion of Diwali, I express my greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens.

"May the festival of lights dispel darkness and gloom and bring joy, happiness and prosperity to the people of our country," Ms Patil said in her message.

Mr Ansari said Deepawali signified the victory of good over evil and strengthens people's resolve to follow true ethical values in their lives.

"May the noble ideals of the festival usher in peace, prosperity and happiness in our lives," he said.

Dr Singh said the festival of lights was a harbinger of peace, joy and prosperity.

"It celebrates the victory of good over evil, and the spreading of the light of learning. It is a national festival in which all communities rejoice in amity and friendship and celebrate the solidarity of the nation.

"May this Deepawali bring peace and prosperity to all the people of our nation and to the world at large," the Prime Minister added.

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