It is a “wrong precedent adopted by the Chief Ministers of states to portray an outcome of an objective process as a flashpoint between the Centre and the states”, central authorities sources stated amid furore over the exclusion of Bengal and Tamil Nadu’s tableaux from the upcoming Republic Day Parade and the Chief Ministers writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in search of an intervention.
Accusing the states of “projecting” the exclusion as “an insult”, the sources stated, “We have recently seen letters being written by state Chief Ministers about the exclusion of their state’s tableaux in the Republic Day Parade. This is unmistakably linked to regional pride and projected as an insult to the people of the state by the Central Government. This script also plays out almost every year.
“This is a mistaken precedent, adopted by Chief Ministers of states to painting an end result of an goal course of as a flashpoint between the Centre and the states. This goes a great distance in harming the nation’s federal construction.”
The Chief Ministers “maybe don’t have any constructive agenda of their very own” and “they should resort to the identical previous trick utilizing misinformation 12 months after 12 months”, they added.
Explaining the process of selection of tableaux for the R-Day Parade, the sources said, “First of all, it’s not the Modi Government which decides on the tableaux. The tableaux proposals acquired from numerous states and central ministries are evaluated in a collection of conferences of the Expert Committee comprising eminent individuals within the discipline of artwork, tradition, sculpture, music, structure, choreography, and so forth. The Expert Committee examines the proposals on the premise of theme, idea, design and visible impression earlier than making its suggestions.”
The sources pinned the exclusions on “time constraints”.
“Due to time constraints, solely a few of the proposals may be accepted. Of the 56 proposals acquired from the states, 21 have been shortlisted. It is pure for extra proposals to be rejected than these accepted given the paucity of time.”
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the omission of their states’ tableaux and sought his intervention.
Excluding the tableau will deeply hurt the sentiments and patriotic feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin said.
“I’ve been profoundly shocked and harm by the choice of the Government of India to abruptly exclude the proposed tableau of the Government of West Bengal from the following Republic Day Parade,” Ms Banerjee said in a two-page letter to PM Modi. The proposed tableau was to commemorate the contributions of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his INA on his 125th birth anniversary year, she said.
However, the sources countered her claim, saying, “This 12 months’s tableau of the CPWD consists of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. So the query of his insult doesn’t even come up.”
The tableaux of Bengal and Tamil Nadu have been accepted in the past “by way of the identical course of and system below the identical Modi Government”, they asserted.