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Trinamool cries foul, alleges Centre 'rejected' Bengal's R-Day tableau

india Updated: Jan 26, 2015 20:13 IST
Derek O'Brien

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The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal on Monday said the Centre did not allow the state’s tableau to roll down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in Delhi despite repeated requests.

The accusation by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien comes in the midst of a war of words between the TMC and the BJP, in power at the Centre, over the ongoing CBI probe into the Saradha scam.

Incidentally, West Bengal’s tableau showcasing the spirit of ‘Purulia Chhau’, a mask dance performed in some parts of the state, was adjudged the best in 2014.

“Bengal tableaux for Republic Day depicting path breaking Kanya Shree initiative was not allowed. We requested, but no...,” O'Brien told PTI on Monday. He also tweeted the same allegation.

O’Brien said the state government was planning to highlight its welfare scheme for girl children, which has been appreciated by Unicef, besides the United Kingdom.

Under the project, girls between the age of 13 and 18 years and studying in class VIII to class XII in an institute affiliated to the state government, are eligible for an annual stipend of Rs 500.

A one-time grant of Rs 25,000, for girls between 18 and 19 years was also offered to enable them to pursue higher education or a vocational or sports course in a state government-affiliated institute.

Tableaux by 16 states besides nine government departments were displayed at the Republic Day parade, watched by US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

Women’s empowerment was the theme of this year’s parade and for the first time in history, an all-women contingent from the three forces also marched down the Rajpath.

Besides, a pet project of prime minister Narendra Modi, the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programme, also featured in a tableau.

Tableaux by 16 states besides nine government departments were displayed at the Republic Day parade, watched by US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

According to sources, the NDA government rejected proposals by several Opposition-ruled states to present their tableaux.

Video: Bengal's R-Day parade proposal was rejected, says Derek O'Brien

Besides, West Bengal, other non-BJP states which did not have tableaux this year include Bihar, Kerala, Odisha and Tamil Nadu with Uttar Pradesh the only NDA exception.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is involved in a running battle with the Centre, accusing the BJP-led NDA government of using the CBI to target her party for political gains.

The probe into the scam has already seen a state minister, two MPs and a party vice-president behind bars while others are being grilled by central agencies.

The CBI has also summoned the Trinamool’s second-in-command and key Mamata aide Mukul Roy for questioning in the scam, which defrauded thousands of small investors close to Rs 2,500 crore.

( READ: Centre reins in Opposition states’ R-Day parade )