AAP Government, Delhi Police at Loggerheads Over Independence Day Celebrations

Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP Government and Delhi Police are heading for a major row over the upcoming 69th Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Published: 11th August 2015 04:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th August 2015 04:53 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP Government and Delhi Police are heading for a major row over the upcoming 69th Independence Day celebrations in the national Capital.

While the AAP Government on Monday announced that a three-day cultural programme from August 14-16  on the occasion of the Independence Day  would be organised at Connaught Place, the Delhi Police have rejected the government’s proposal to celebrate ‘Swaraj Parv’ citing security reasons.  Kejriwal government has sought permission for holding Independence Day celebrations at Central Park in Connaught Place. Delhi

Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra, whose department is organising the function, said Swaraj Parv will include ‘Hindi Kavi Sammelan’, ‘Urdu Mushaira’, performance by 12 Indian bands and artists, qawwali show and musical drama.

According to Mishra, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung will inaugurate the event, which will be followed by a Hindi Kavi Sammelan, that would see  the participation of the country’s foremost poets. “Swaraj Parv will end with a tribute to our beloved former President, the late A P J Abdul Kalam with an evening of Urdu poetry titled ‘Shaam-e-Kalaam’,” he added.

Sources, however, say that the Delhi Police has rejected the proposal citing security reasons.

They said that Delhi Police have made it known that they are is ready to give permission for August 16 at Central Park in Connaught Place, but permission cannot be granted for August 14 and 15.

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