The Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing his disappointment on the exclusion of the State’s tableau, to which Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had replied, stating that the selections were made as per guidelines and there was no question of bias. In response to the Centre’s decision, Stalin declared the tableau built for the Rajpath parade, would instead be used in Republic Day observations in Chennai. While many political observers quickly pointed out that the States that had been excluded from the tableaux selection this year were non-BJP ruled States, the Centre distanced itself from that narrative, offering examples of how the aforementioned States have always had a place of pride in the Rajpath parade for many years now. For instance, Tamil Nadu’s tableau was part of the parades in 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Similarly, Kerala’s tableau was selected in 2018 and 2021 while West Bengal had the distinction of parading its tableau in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021.