Mumbai: Maharashtra became the second opposition ruled state after West Bengal whose tableau has been dropped from this year's Republic Day parade and the government of the state has alleged it to be a 'Prejudice' of Bharatiya Janata Party government in Centre.
Furious from the rejection Shivsena and Nationalist Congress Party have accused that BJP led centre are being prejudiced. The state government has also demanded explanations for rejection.
Nationalist Congress Party leader and Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule reacted to the rejection of Maharashtra in the 26 January parade through Twitter. She took to the microblogging site and wrote Republic Day is a festival of the country and the centre is expected to give representation to all the states but the government is behaving in a prejudiced manner giving step-motherly treatment to the states being ruled by opposition parties.
It is to be mentioned that the centre had announced a list of states and departments who would take part in the 26 January parade that is the most important National events of the country. The list that was announced on New Year's day included 16 of the 32 States who would be taking part in the parade. The government has stated that the limitation was imposed due to time constraints and the states and Central Ministries tableau were selected by expert committee through a process. The government also clarified that those states who are claiming to be neglected were shortlisted for the 2019 Republic Day parade through a similar process. Centre also claimed that four Congress ruled States Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh on the list for the parade.
It is worth mentioning that West Bengal has also been rejected to participate in the Republic Day parade to which the state government has called the behaviour as discriminatory on behalf of the centre. Trinamool Congress MP saugata Roy has said that it has been done because West Bengal has been opposing the centre Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens' plans.