The floats of 12 states and nine ministries or government departments will participate in the parade. It was due to limited space and time that only 12 states were selected, according to Nampibou Marinmai, PRO (Defence), who was at the camp on Saturday.
“So many states have raised their voice... the thing is, we have limited space, limited time. There is a committee of experts from arts, music, culture, and other expertise. The committee has been looking into these things. We received applications from 29 states and union territories to include in the tableaux. But due to space and time, we selected only 12 states. There is no other reason,” Marinmai said.
The Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala had written to the Prime Minister after their tableaux were not selected for the parade.
The overarching theme for the tableaux is ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav', which is meant to commemorate 75 years of Independence.
Several students are among the performers who will be part of the floats and have been camping at Rashtriya Rangshala.
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