Hyderabad: The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) complained to President Pranab Mukharjee about ‘serious violation’ of national integrity and spirit of secularism at the Jagitial district headquarters during the recent 68th Republic Day celebrations.
TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy addressed a letter to the President detailing the incident when a contingent of VHP was allowed to be part of the Republic Day parade. The District Collector also took salute of the VHP contingent. “It is surprising that religious fundamentalists were allowed to participate in the official parade along with the organisation’s flags and symbols,” Reddy said.
He urged the President to initiate appropriate action against the erring officials as the issue concerned national integrity and secularism. The TPCC president deplored that the State government had not taken any action against concerned officials so far.
Speaking to presspersons here on Sunday, he also objected to the behavior of the Metpally sub collector Muhsraf Ali, who was seen sitting at the feet of Nizamabad MP K Kavita, in the VIP gallery. “The action of the IAS officer is a disgrace to the entire bureaucracy,” the TPCC chief remarked.
Jagitial MLA T Jeevan Reddy, who was present at the Republic Day celebrations, said he had never seen such a thing happening earlier. He accused the district police of not taking action against the VHP leaders who took out a rally in the town in December in areas inhabited by the minority community. They repeated the same on January 29 with a view to foment trouble. At least now the government should take action, he said.