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Telangana denied guv R-Day guard of honor this year too.

World NewsIndia NewsTelangana denied guv R-Day guard of honor this year too.


For the second year in a row, the Telangana government has refused to allow Governor Dr. Tamalai Sounderarajan to inspect the ceremonial parade of the state police on Republic Day amid the ongoing tussle between Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and the Raj Bhavan, people familiar with the matter said. Refused.

The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) government has also decided against the governor’s joint address to the state legislature at the start of the budget session on February 3. The assembly secretariat says the upcoming session will be just one of the adjourned monsoon session in October. There is continuity. 2021.

The development comes at a time when governors and chief ministers are pitted against each other in several non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states, such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Punjab and Jharkhand. Earlier this month, a political controversy erupted in Tamil Nadu when Governor RN Ravi left out parts of his speech about the state government’s achievements on governance and implementation of Dravidian policies while addressing the state assembly. .

The Telangana government, in a letter to the governor on Monday, asked him to restrict the flag hoisting ceremony and other Republic Day celebrations to the Raj Bhavan. The state government cited “Covid-19 restrictions” as the reason for canceling the ceremonial parade and Governor’s address at the Secunderabad Parade Ground on January 26 this year.

This effectively means there will be no formal parade and guard of honor for the governor on January 26 this year, a senior Raj Bhavan official told HT.

“Last year too, the governor was denied an opportunity to inspect the ceremonial parade and receive the guard of honour, on the pretext that there was a threat from the Omicron type of coronavirus, even though there were no such restrictions in other states. A senior Raj said. A Bhawan official, requesting anonymity, told HT.

Certainly, there have been no directives issued by the central government this year to follow the Covid-19 protocol for public gatherings, especially Republic Day celebrations.

“His letter written a fortnight ago seeking the prepared text for the speech to be delivered on the occasion of Republic Day has also received no response from the government,” the official said.

While state legislative affairs minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy did not respond to phone calls for comment, a Raj Bhavan official said “the governor is very disturbed by the development”.

“This is cruel. How can the government apply the Covid-19 restrictions only to the Governor? The official was quoted as saying. “It was only last week that the Chief Minister had to highlight the Bharat Rashtra Samithi’s national agenda. Addressed a large public meeting in Khammam with five hundred thousand (500,000) people. Why were the Covid-19 restrictions not enforced?

KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, organized a ceremonial parade and guard of honor at the Golconda Fort on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day, the official said. “Thousands of people attended the celebration and there were no restrictions.”

The governor has also been denied the traditional address to the joint session of the state legislature at the start of the budget session on February 3.

On Saturday, the Assembly Secretariat issued a notification saying that “the fourth session of the eighth session of the State Assembly will begin on February 3”. This effectively means that the upcoming session is just a continuation of the monsoon session of the legislature, which was adjourned to October 8, 2021.

“It was also done to insult the governor and defy his protocol,” said the Raj Bhavan official.

Differences between the governor and KCR first came to light in August 2021, when Tamalai Soundararajan nominated ruling party leader P Kaushik Reddy for the MLC seat under the governor’s quota. had refused to accept the proposal on the ground that they did not fit into it. Categories of social service

A suggestion and grievance box launched at the Raj Bhavan on January 1 last year, which allowed common people to voice their grievances against the government, was also not taken kindly by KCR. Leaders of the ruling BRS have criticized him on several occasions.

The BRS dispensation has also denied the governor the use of the government helicopter during his public visits, such as the Samaka Sarlama program at Medaram in Mulugu district and visits to Bhadrachalam to inspect flood-affected areas. The district officials were also asked not to receive him or send him away.

The Governor has repeatedly expressed his displeasure with the Chief Minister and the state government on various issues and each time the BRS leaders have reacted strongly and accused him of being an “agent” of the Center and the BJP. Accused.

Telangana BJP spokesperson NV Subhash said it was a clear case of personal vendetta by the Telangana government against the governor. “All kinds of restrictions have been imposed only on the governor and the opposition parties. By denying the governor an opportunity to inspect the ceremonial parade, KCR has insulted the institution of the governor and shown complete disrespect to a woman governor. “, he alleged.


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