STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

God Seeks Modi's Intervention for Kerala Republic Day Tableau

Published: 20th December 2015 05:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th December 2015 05:08 AM   |  A+A-

God

NEW DELHI:It is a case of divine irony. On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he wanted to visit Sabarimala Temple in Kerala to offer worship to Lord Ayyappa, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) decided to strike off the Lord Ayyappa tableau proposed by the Kerala Government for the Republic Day parade.

Now the matter has reached the PMO and the tableau model is awaiting PM’s “divine intervention’’ to get its name cleared.

God.jpgThe MoD Expert Committee for the selection of R-Day tableaus had initially selected the Sabarimala theme with the representation of Lord Ayyappa in the environs of the hill shrine proposed by the Kerala Government. It was shortlisted for the model and music stages.

But the final meeting of the committee, which took place on December 14—the day Modi expressed his interest in visiting the Sabarimala shrine—decided not to include Lord Ayyappa tableau for the parade.

Modi, who was on a two-day visit to Kerala last week, had said while addressing BJP workers: “I was thinking that during the beginning of my yatra, I will begin with Sabarimala. But due to some reasons, it did not happen.”

Sources in the state government said, “It is unfortunate that Lord Ayyappa’s tableau was denied permission from the Republic Day parade even as PM publically declared his intention to visit the shrine. Now only PM can ensure that the tableaux finds a place in the parade.”



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp