New Delhi: The government on Monday rejected the charge that exclusion of tableaux of a few states from this year’s Republic Day Parade had to do with ‘political bias’ and deplored the efforts by some CMs to link the decision taken by a committee of ‘apolitical experts’ to regional pride.
The government’s assertion came soon after Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin joined West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in seeking PM Modi’s intervention over the rejection of the tableaux of their states. Senior government sources emphasised that the Centre had no role to play in the call taken by the experts.
“We have recently seen letters being written by state CMs about the exclusion of the tableaux of their states. This is projected as an insult to the people of the state by the Central government. This script also plays out almost every year,” a source said.
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