Telangana’s K Chandrasekhar Rao government has lost out to the governor at the Republic Day parade today. The High Court has ordered a full Republic Day parade to be held at the regular parade ground in Hyderabad in lieu of the scaled-down celebrations that the government wants at Raj Bhavan.
The state initially canceled its routine parade for the second year, citing Covid. When a project was organized in Raj Bhavan, the government had directed it to be scaled back.
Despite the lifting of anti-coronavirus restrictions, the governor was unable to inspect the state police parade and receive a guard of honor at the parade ground in Secunderabad, which was supposed to be the second consecutive year this year.
This morning, the High Court received a petition alleging that the government held the Republic Day parade in violation of the central notice, which had been skipped by the central and states for two years due to the pandemic.
This time, the central notification directed to organize full celebrations of student participation in all states.
The government has yet to respond to the high court order.
Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan took office in 2019, but her relationship with the state government has been strained for more than two years, which appears to be a pattern of opposition-dominated states.
Last year, the Governor-General hoisted the flag at Raj Bhavan on Republic Day after the government said the event could not be held at the Parade Ground due to Covid protocols.
The tradition of sending out speeches for governors to read also appears to be broken this year. Although the governor’s office has contacted the state government, no remarks have yet been made, the report said.
The governor is said to be disturbed by the developments.
Breaking with another tradition, the Governor will not deliver his customary joint address to both houses of the legislature at the start of the Feb. 3 budget session.
In Tamil Nadu recently, Governor RN Ravi strayed from a government-sanctioned speech and it turned into a huge public showdown.
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