If you are one of those Republic Day enthusiasts who get up early to watch the parade on Rajpath on January 26, you are probably in for a disappointment again.
Delhi will once again be missing from the array of tableaux representing different states and Union territories of the country and even government departments in some cases.
Delhi apparently wanted to prepare a tableau on the theme of the Commonwealth Games 2010 that it was touting as the flagship event of the government this year.
But the Union Ministry of Sports trumped Delhi that hosts the international sports event this year.
The last time Delhi was a part of the tableaux display was in 2006 when the theme was Stree Shakti (Women's Power).
“Naturally, when Delhi and a Union Ministry had floated the same idea for the tableau, the former had to back down,” said a government official who refused to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Both the Delhi government and the sports ministry floated their respective concept notes and tabled it in front of the Commonwealth Committee, but the Union ministry’s proposal was accepted.
Delhi’s department of information and publicity is responsible for preparing the tableau for the R-Day parade.
Director, information and publicity, Alka Diwan said the government was not participating.
“We had initially prepared a concept paper for a R-Day tableau with the Games theme. But the Union ministry of Sports said we are already doing it, so we did not participate. We did not participate last year. We had a tableau about two years ago,” said Diwan.
Last year, the Delhi government came under fire as it reportedly applied for participation in the R-Day parade rather late and was kept out.