Source : Express News Service dated 25-01-2014

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Union Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the 35th National Games at the Trivandrum International Stadium, Kariavattom, at 6 pm on January 31.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was expected to attend the inaugural ceremony of the national sporting event, but state Sports Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that it was Modi who recommended Naidu as a representative of theCentre following the PM’s unavailability.

Naidu would be joined by Sachin Tendulkar, Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy,Indian Olympic Association president N Ramachandran, Speaker G Karthikeyan, Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan, state ministers, sportspersons and other prominent personalities. During the ceremony, Games goodwill ambassador Tendulkar would hand over the Games torch to P T Usha and Anju Bobby George who would light the Games flame together. “A three- hour-long cultural programme involving over 5,000 artists, the highlight being a performance by actor Mohanlal and his band Lalisom – the Lal Effect, will follow,

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