For the third consecutive year, there will be no tableau representing Andhra Pradesh in the Republic Day Parade to be held in New Delhi on January 26.
Despite the tableau, designed by the State government in accordance with the framed rules of the Central Committee, and clearing several stages of selection, the AP tableau could not make it to the R-Day parade. “Though, the committee commended our tableau for highlighting khadi, it was not selected,” an official says.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu took exception over the Centre not selecting the AP tableau.“The BJP government at the Centre even denied permission to the AP tableau to participate in the R-Day Parade. This is testimony how acrimonious the Centre is towards AP. The government would write a letter on not selecting AP tableau to expose the Centre’s discrimination,” Naidu said.
The officials explained that the tableau contains the Gandhi Hill and 52-feet stupa built by Gandhi Peace Foundation at Vijayawada, the iconic symbol of Swadeshi movement in Andhra Pradesh. It reveals the story of Mahatma Gandhi appealing to the people from the Gandhi Hill to take part in the Swadeshi movement by purchasing Charaka-Ratnams with a target of 20 lakh charkhas to sell on the occasion to raise `one crore for Tilak Peace Foundation.
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