Last updated: January 26, 2023, 12:09 AM IST
The spat between Telangana and the central government over Republic Day celebrations has reached a crescendo with the Supreme Court asking the state to observe the day according to central rules. Like last year, the Prime Minister wanted to go for a low-key R-Day event.
Earlier, the celebrations were held with great fanfare at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad and later at Public Garden in Nampally. The main reason behind the CM’s wish for muted celebrations is said to be the strained relationship with Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan. This is the second consecutive year that CM Chandrashekar Rao has denied the Governor the Republic Day Guard.
The CM asked the governor to hold the event in Raj Bhavan while he is expected to observe the same in Pragathi Bhavan. With this, the governor has been denied the chance to roll out the tricolor in a full ceremonial parade.
This development drew criticism from opposition parties. During a media interaction on Wednesday, Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar said, “It is shameful that the restrictions in the name of the coronavirus can only apply to Republic Day celebrations, and not public gatherings of the prime minister and his ministers,” he said. “KCR does not believe in democracy and the constitution. He only wants to implement the Kalvakuntla constitution in the state. That is why he advocates abolishing the institution of the Governor and rewriting the Constitution.”
On Wednesday, a petition was filed in the Telangana High Court against the non-conduct of Republic Day as per protocol. Petitioners filed a midday motion saying the Center had sent a circular to all states to celebrate and get students involved.
After hearing the petition, the bank ruled that the state should follow protocol and celebrate the day to the best of its ability. After the order, Sanjay Kumar said that if Rao respected the constitution and judicial positions, he should hold a grand Republic Day at Parade Grounds.
“The directions of the Supreme Court to the BRS government to carry out its constitutional duties and celebrate Republic Day is a huge slap in the face of the CM,” said union minister and senior BJP leader G Kishan Reddy.
At an event commemorating three years in office last September, Soundararajan had accused KCR of discriminating against her and not allowing her to raise the Indian flag on the 75th Independence Day. She claimed that KCR will be remembered for discriminating against a female governor while being opposed by MLC K Kavitha.
“Hon’ble Governor’s statements come at a time when they realized that BJP-driven smear campaigns cannot deceive the people of Telangana,” Kavitha tweeted.
Read all the latest political news here