TMC cries foul over Bengal tableau rejection

TMC cries foul over Bengal tableau rejection

 A row broke out on Sunday over selection of state tableaux for the main Republic Day parade in Delhi with Trinamool Congress saying West Bengal’s float was not allowed despite requests by the state government.

“Bengal tableau for Republic Day depicting the path-breaking Kanyashree initiative was not allowed. We made several requests but they were rejected. But life goes on,” TMC national spokesperson Derek O’Brien said in Kolkata.

Reacting to O’Brien’s contention, BJP called it unfortunate and slammed West Bengal’s ruling party for politicising the matter regarding depicting of state tableaux. The saffron party also said it is a case of TMC’s “petty mindset”.

“It’s very unfortunate that on a vary auspicious day of Republic Day, we have political parties making political statements,” BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said.

Rao said selection of state tableaux are decided by a committed headed by the Defence Secretary and comprising many other experts.

“These are not decisions taken politically and this decision was conveyed many many weeks ago,” he said.

Another BJP spokesperson Siddharth Nat Singh took a swipe at O’ Brien, a former quiz master, saying he should now be called “politicising master” because he has “politicised” Republic Day.“It(the TMC remark) showed their petty mindset,” Union Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma said.

CPI leader D Raja said there should be transparency in selection of state floats for the country’s main R-Day parade.

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