K Chandrasekhar Rao’s government in Telangana lost the final round against the governor in the Republic Day parade in court today. The Supreme Court has ordered that a full-fledged Republic Day parade should be held at the regular parade grounds in Hyderabad, instead of the curtailed celebrations at the Raj Bhavan that the government wanted.
The state had initially scrapped the usual parade for a second year citing Covid. When a program was organized in the Raj Bhavan, the government ordered it to be curtailed.
This year would have been the second year in a row that despite the lifting of anti-Covid restrictions, the governor was unable to inspect the state police ceremonial parade and receive the guard of honor at the Parade grounds in Secunderabad.
A petition was filed in the Supreme Court this morning alleging that the government violated the central circular to hold the Republic Day Parade, which was skipped by some states for two years due to the pandemic.
This time, the central circular mandated full-fledged celebrations involving students in all states.
The government has yet to respond to the Supreme Court’s order.
Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan took charge in 2019, but her relationship with the state government has been strained for more than two years now, which seems to be a pattern in opposition-ruled states.
Last year, the governor had raised the flag at Raj Bhavan on Republic Day after the government said the event cannot be held at the Parade Ground due to Covid protocols.
The tradition of sending out a speech read by the governor also seems to have been broken this year. Reports say no speech was sent, though the governor’s office has contacted the state government.
The governor would be appalled at the developments.
Contrary to another tradition, the governor will not give the usual joint address to both houses of the legislature at the beginning of the budget session on Feb. 3.
Recently, Governor RN Ravi in Tamil Nadu had deviated from the government-approved speech and it had turned into a huge public confrontation.
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