It's official! Kerala tableau out of R-Day parade

It's official! Kerala tableau out of R-Day parade
Kerala's float, themed around the 'Kettukazhcha' of Ochira, during last year's parade.

New Delhi: Kerala did not figure on the final list of states and union territories that will showcase their tableaux at the Rajpath parade as part of this year's Republic Day celebrations. The list, which was released by the Defence Ministry on Wednesday, included 17 states and Union territories.

Kerala state officials had recently claimed that the Centre was understood to have rejected the state's float on Vaikom Satyagraha, a renaissance movement against untouchability and linked to temple access, for the Republic Day parade.

In December last week, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office confirmed that Kerala had not figured on the list of states which would be presenting their tableaux on the R-day, but was yet to get an official communication in this regard.

The development came at a time when the CPM-led LDF government in Kerala and BJP-headed NDA at the Centre are at loggerheads over many issues, including the Supreme Court order on entry of women into Sabarimala shrine.

The Vaikom Satyagraha (1924-25) movement was held in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore (southern Kerala) to allow access to all people to the roads leading to the Lord Shiva Temple at Vaikom, near present Kottayam district.

The selected states who will display their floats include Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, and Goa, according to the ministry. Tableaux of Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar will also be part of the parade.

Six ministries would also showcase their tableaux – Ministry of Home Affairs (CISF), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (CPWD), Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (Indian Council of Agricultural Research).

In marching contingents, Madras Regimental Centre, Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre, Sikh Regimental Centre will be present. Military bands will be from Sikh Light Infantry Regimental Centre, Mahar Regimental Centre and Ladakh Scouts, among others.

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