Updated December 27th, 2023 at 18:27 IST
Punjab CM accuses Centre over non-inclusion of state's tableau for Republic Day parade
CM Bhagwant Mann alleged that last year too, the state’s tableau was not included for the Republic Day parade.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday came down heavily at the Centre alleging that the BJP-led central government has discriminated against Punjab by not including the state's tableau for the Republic Day parade. Last year too, the state’s tableau was not included for the Republic Day parade, said Mann.
The Punjab CM stated that similar to last year’s decision, this year too, Punjab's tableau will not be included for the Republic Day parade on January 26. "The Centre has discriminated against Punjab," he alleged, adding that tableaux of both Punjab and Delhi are not on the list this year as well.
We proposed three tableaux from Punjab for shortlisting, says Mann
Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh, Mann said that a letter was received from the Centre on Wednesday, mentioning that Punjab's tableau has not been included for parade. When asked about the reason for the rejection, the CM said they have only been informed about the list of states whose tableaux have been selected.
CM Mann added, "Every year on the occasion of Republic Day, through their tableaux various states showcase their culture and traditions. This year the Centre had written a letter to the state asking for our willingness regarding the state's tableau. On August 4, 2023, we wrote a letter of willingness and also mentioned that not just in January 2024, but for 2025 and 2026 also, we expressed our willingness."
According to the Punjab CM, they proposed three tableaux from Punjab for shortlisting.
The central government has reportedly included the tableaux from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Manipur, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Goa, Meghalaya, Ladakh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
Published December 27th, 2023 at 18:27 IST