The political tussle between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-run Delhi government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre took a dramatic turn when AAP said it will not participate in Bharat Parv cultural extravaganza to be held from August 12-18 at India Gate.
The AAP claimed that there was no invitation; written or verbal, sent to them. Delhi tourism Minister Kapil Mishra has said that the Delhi government did not receive any sort of invitation for the Bharat Parv programme by the BJP-led central government.
Though the tourism ministry said that written invitations were sent to all the states and union territories, the Delhi government has completely denied any such claims. “It is not possible that the communication was not sent to them (Delhi government),” union minister of tourism and culture Mahesh Sharma said.
AAP and BJP have been at loggerheads since the upstart outfit won elections in Delhi with a massive mandate and gave the party in power at the Centre a political bloody nose. There has been an ongoing battle between the two over BJP-controlled civic bodies on several issues in the past. The AAP has accused L-G Jung of being an agent of the Centre and working against its government in Delhi.
The Bharat Parv will be a cultural festival, celebrating India’s 70th year of Independence from British rule.
Cultural performances will include choreographed folk and tribal dances, music arranged through the North Zone Cultural Centre as well as performances by cultural troupes from different regions. The food court will have 50 stalls set up by states and union territories.