Mann slams Centre over Punjab tableau exclusion
Chandigarh, January 25
Slamming the BJP authorities at Centre for not together with the tableau of state within the Republic Day parade, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday mentioned this anti-Punjab stance of the Union authorities is unwarranted and undesirable.
In an announcement issued right here at this time, the CM mentioned Punjab had been recurrently that includes within the tableau parade, showcasing the vital significance of this border state with its wealthy historical past, vibrant and vibrant tradition and pivotal level for outlining occasions which formed the historical past of the good nation. “It’s a matter of nice disappointment that this 12 months, regardless of the presentation of concepts to the choice committee on vital themes like ‘Watan Ke Rakhwale’ – emphasising the numerous function of Punjab in India’s army may and meals safety, girl empowerment via depiction of valour of Mai Bhago, the tableau of our state has not been chosen for the Republic Day Parade,” he mentioned.
He mentioned Punjabis had made monumental sacrifices to free our motherland from the yoke of British imperialism. Mann mentioned that regardless of being merely two per cent of the nation’s inhabitants, 80% of the martyrs both executed or exiled through the freedom motion have been Punjabis.
He mentioned it was ironical that solely BJP dominated states have been allowed to take part within the Republic Day parade from North India and non-BJP dominated states, particularly Punjab and Delhi, have been intentionally saved out of the parade by the BJP.
“I wish to ask BJP leaders from Punjab, together with Capt Amrinder Singh and others, will they elevate the problem why Punjab has been ignored in Republic Day parade. In all probability, they don’t have that a lot guts,” mentioned Mann.
Reacting to Mann’s assertion, BJP chief Subhash Sharma claimed that the tableau was disqualified due to the state authorities’s “fault”.
“They (the AAP authorities) took the previous tableau after some modification (earlier than a committee), then the way it may have certified?” he requested.
“In case your tableau is disqualified, then whose fault was it? It’s your fault. If Punjab’s tableau is just not collaborating tomorrow in Republic Day celebrations, then it’s the fault of the CM,” alleged Sharma.
Reacting to the accusations, AAP chief spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang mentioned if the Punjab authorities had despatched an previous tableau, then the way it may attain the second spherical. “Why did it not get disqualified within the first spherical itself?” he requested.
He mentioned freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Udham Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev and others have been highlighted within the tableau final time.
“However within the tableau this time, the Mann authorities had proven how Punjabis have been making sacrifices on the border, Mai Bhago, image of Saragarhi battle and image of sacrifices of 10 lakh Punjabis throughout freedom battle which was rejected by the BJP authorities,” mentioned Kang.
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal had additionally focused the Centre over the matter.