The proposals from 16 states / union territories and six ministries / departments have been shortlisted to take part in the Republic Day parade this year, but the tableau made by West Bengal failed to cut the pitch.
This comes in the backdrop of Mamata Banerjee for the citizenship amendment bill and protests against the central government.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday, “The proposal of the tableau of the Government of West Bengal was examined by the Expert Committee in two rounds of meetings.”
“The committee examines proposals based on the theme, concept, design and its visual impact before making its recommendations,” he said, adding that due to time constraints, only a limited number of tableaux can be shortlisted. He said that the best tableaux participate in the parade in the selection process.
A total of 56 tableaux proposals (32 from States / UTs and 24 from Ministries / Departments) were received for consideration for the 2020 parade. He said that a total of 22 proposals have been shortlisted after five meetings.
TMC MP Saugata Roy said, “Excluding Bengal would be gross discrimination. Bengal represents a rich heritage and its boycott reflects the partisanship of the Modi-Shah duo. “