NEW DELHI: Slamming some states for alleging that the exclusion of their tableaux from the Republic Day parade was an insult, central government sources said it is a wrong precedent, and stressed that it is not the Centre but an expert committee that makes the shortlist.
The proposals of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal were rejected by the subject expert committee after due process and deliberations, they said on Monday.
"This is a wrong precedent adopted by chief ministers of states to portray the outcome of an objective process as a flashpoint between the Centre and the states. This goes a long way in harming the country's federal structure," a central government functionary said.
He noted that a total of 56 proposals had come from states and central ministries and out of these 21 were shortlisted.
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