The union government has denied permission for the float from Kerala to be included in the republic day parade. The decision was taken by the central defence ministry. Permission was denied for a float from Kerala representing the renaissance values.
19 states had got the permission to present their floats in the republic day parade initially. Kerala was also included in this list. The defence secretary has sent an official letter to all the states selected for presenting the float. However, Kerala has not received such a letter and it was confirmed that Kerala was excluded from the event.
It has been alleged that such an action was taken due to political reasons. Kerala had presented many good floats in previous years and they had received huge appreciation.