Congress slams Centre for denying Karnataka tableau in R-Day parade

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The Congress party has accused the Modi government of being biased and vindictive towards the state

The Congress party has slammed the Centre for denying the state an opportunity to take part in the tableau presentation during the Republic Day parade, saying “this is the Modi mantra of vendetta and vengeance”. The party has also questioned the loyalty of the BJP MPs from Karnataka, who have not raised their voice against this injustice.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah lashes out at Centre

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday had hit out at the Centre for denying the state an opportunity to take part in the tableau presentation. The chief minister had said that the Centre denied Karnataka a tableau because there is a Congress government in the state.

He had also tagged his post on social media platform X, where he said that several proposals for tableaux were sent from Karnataka, but unfortunately, they were rejected by the central government. He said that some of the proposals included showcasing the life of Mysuru ruler Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, Kittur Rani Chennamma who fought against the British like Rani Lakshmi Bai and Bengaluru founder Nadaprabhu Kempegowda.

He said that “the central government has insulted the seven crore Kannadigas by denying the opportunity for the state’s tableau at the Republic Day parade to be held in New Delhi on January 26”. He also recalled that Karnataka faced a similar situation last year as well, when it was initially denied a tableau but later permitted keeping Karnataka elections in mind.

Karnataka tableau in R-Day parade

He said that “this time, the central government has again continued its trend of insulting Kannadigas”. He also asked why some MPs of BJP from Karnataka were not questioning this injustice. He said that they have become puppets of Narendra Modi and wondered to whom they are loyal: Kannadigas or Narendra Modi.

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh criticises Modi’s ‘vendetta and vengeance’

Tagging Siddaramaiah’s post, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said that this was “the Modi mantra of vendetta and vengeance”. He said that Narendra Modi has not forgotten or forgiven “the severe drubbing he personally and his party got in May 2023 in the Karnataka assembly elections”. He called him a “small man really”.

Ramesh also said that Siddaramaiah was trying to divert attention from his own failures as a chief minister. He said that Siddaramaiah had failed to deliver on his promises such as providing jobs, electricity, water and health care to people. He also accused him of mismanaging various schemes such as Kisan Samman Nidhi, PM-KISAN and PM-JAY.

Ramesh also mocked Siddaramaiah for using X as a platform to express his views. He said that X was not meant for political propaganda but for sharing personal stories and experiences. He also suggested that Siddaramaiah should use other platforms such as Twitter or Facebook instead.

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