All over the country, Republic Day parade has become a norm where the states come up with innovations. Be it in the national capital itself or in other states, Republic Day parade is considered to be a prestigious occasion for all the states.
This time around, there wasn’t any West Bengal tableau in Delhi. It wasn’t the case that Mamata Banerjee government didn’t send it nor did they ignore the official diktat.
The proposed West Bengal tableau ‘Unity is Harmony’ didn’t get clearance from the Narendra Modi government. Eventually, the tableau took part in the West Bengal government’s Republic Day parade in Kolkata.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was truly unhappy with the sequence of events and said,”This year, Delhi did not allow our tableau. We planned to bring different forms of folk artists, like street artists. Bauls, Sufi singers, and Fakirs on the same platform for this year’s Republic Day tableau. But they could not accept that.”
There is no denying the fact that this incident has actually sparked a political debate whether the Narendra Modi government deliberately rejected West Bengal government’s proposed tableau.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is in a diametrically opposite position to PM Narendra Modi and BJP itself is in an agitating mood in West Bengal. But within the Constitutional framework, the incident has been indeed sad and disheartening considering the democratic nature of Indian government.