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Assam orders probe into R-Day tableau rejection

Posted on Dec 06, 07:09PM | UNI

Shaken by the controversy of rejection of Assam's tableau for Central Republic Day celebrations, depicting the arrival of Ahom dynasty founder Siu-Ka-Pha to the state, the state government today ordered an inquiry into the matter.

"The Government of Assam has constituted an inquiry to look into the matter of the Republic Day Tableaux, 2013 and participation of Assam in it," an official statement said here.

"The inquiry will be conducted by S Thakur, Commissioner of Excise. He will look into the matter for any acts of commission and omission and will submit the report within three weeks from the date of institution," it added.

A major controversy had stirred in the state after Assam's official entry for the Republic Day tableaux parade was rejected.

Assam's official entry for the tableau parade for Republic Day celebration in New Delhi depicted the arrival of Siu-Ka-Pha to Assam, who founded the Ahom dynasty and reigned from 1228 to 1268.

The tableau was, however, not selected, leading to charges from nationalistic quarters in Assam that the theme was rejected as those in-charge in New Delhi viewed Siu-Ka-Pha as an invader and outsider.

The state government has denied the charge.

Various nationalist organisations as well as the hardliner ULFA faction have vehemently protested the rejection, terming it an insult to the sentiments of the Assamese people.

Sivsagar, the capital of Ahom rulers, has been at the centre-stage of protests.

Effigies of state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and state Cultrual Affairs Minister Pranati Phukan were burnt at various places since the last couple of days as a mark of protest.