For the fourth consecutive year, there will be no Punjab tableau at the Republic Day parade.
The state’s hopes were dashed after the defence ministry’s selection committee rejected the government’s tableau on the Khalsa Heritage Complex, Anandpur Sahib.
Punjab had proposed models on three themes—Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute, solar energy, and religious and historic memorials - of which the Khalsa Heritage Complex was initially picked in the first phase of selection, said Punjab director, public relations, Rahul Tiwari.
The state’s tableau on Maharaja Ranjit Singh had figured in the R-Day parade in 2012.
In recent years, the state has been proposing tableaux on themes such as Baba Farid, Teej festival and the Kila Raipur games, but none has made the cut.
The defence ministry’s move to reduce the parade’s duration to 98 minutes is being seen as a reason for many states not making it to the prestigious parade. It is learnt that the number of states exhibiting tableaux this time has been limited to 10.
There is no criterion of rotation as the selection is done on merit, a senior official in New Delhi told HT on the phone. The list of tableau themes was sought by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) from the defence ministry for its own review, he added.