New Delhi: A long-running tussle between the Delhi government and the BJP-led Centre threatens to mar Independence Day celebrations as the Arvind Kejriwal-led administration will not participate in a week-long event that kicks off on Friday.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government of Delhi claimed that there was no invitation; written or verbal, sent to them. Delhi tourism Minister Kapil Mishra on Friday said that the Delhi government did not receive any sort of invitation for the Bharat Parv programme by the BJP-led central government. While the Union tourism ministry said that written invitations were sent to all the states and union territories for the week-long extravaganza, the Delhi government has completely denied any such claims.
The Bharat Parv will be a cultural festival, celebrating India’s 70th year of Independence from British rule. Mahesh Sharma, Union minister of tourism said that it was impossible that there was no communication between the two parties. He stated that Delhi’s participation was naturally expected as the event would be happing in the city. About 30 governments, including Union territories, are reported to have confirmed their participation. the Brarat Parv will be inaugurated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
The Bharat Parv is to promote the spirit of patriotism among the citizens and provide tourism with a boost. The event will also feature performances by the armed forces and cultural programmes from all over the country. the viewers will be seeing a display of culture, cuisine and handicrafts from various states.