Follow Centre’s Guidelines: HC Asks Telangana Govt to Organise R-Day Celebrations

Last Update: January 26, 2023, 00:09 AM IST

The court rejected the state government's argument that the parade was not being organized as part of the Republic Day celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic protocol.

The court rejected the state government’s argument that the parade was not being organized as part of the Republic Day celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic protocol.

Strained relations with Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan are said to be the main reason behind CM K Chandrasekhar Rao’s desire for a bleak celebration

The tussle between Telangana and the Central government over Republic Day celebrations has reached its peak with the High Court asking the state to observe the day as per central rules. Like last year, the chief minister wanted to go for a low-key Republic Day celebration.

Earlier, celebrations were held with much fanfare at the Parade Ground in Secunderabad and later at the Public Garden in Nampally. The main reason behind the CM’s desire for a bleak celebration is said to be his strained relationship with Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan. This is the second consecutive year when CM Chandrasekhar Rao has refused to give the Republic Day Guard of Honor to the Governor.

The CM asked the Governor to hold the program at Raj Bhavan, while he is expected to conduct the inspection at Pragati Bhavan. With this, the Governor has been denied the opportunity to unfurl the tricolor in a full ceremonial parade.

This development attracted criticism from opposition parties. Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar said: “It is shameful that the ban on the name of coronavirus This can only apply to Republic Day celebrations and not to public meetings of the Chief Minister and his ministers.” “KCR does not believe in democracy and the Constitution. He wants to implement only Kalvakuntla constitution in the state. That is why he is advocating abolishing the institution of governor and rewriting the constitution.

A writ petition was filed in the Telangana High Court on Wednesday against not organizing Republic Day as per protocol. The petitioners, while filing the lunch resolution, said that the Center had sent a circular to all the states to celebrate the festival and involve the students.

After hearing the petition, the bench ruled that the state should follow the protocol and observe the day to the best of its ability. Following the order, Sanjay Kumar said that if Rao respected the Constitution and judicial positions, he should organize a grand Republic Day celebration at the parade ground.

Union minister and senior BJP leader G Kishan Reddy said, “The High Court’s direction to the BRS government to fulfill its basic constitutional duties and celebrate Republic Day is a big slap on the face of the CM.”

Last September, at an event to mark three years in office, Sundararajan had accused KCR of discriminating against him and not allowing him to hoist the Indian flag on the 75th Independence Day. He alleged that KCR would be remembered for discriminating against a woman governor, while MLC Kavitha opposed him.

“The Hon’ble Governor’s statements come at a time when he has realized that the people of Telangana cannot be deceived by the BJP-driven propaganda,” Kavitha tweeted.

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