New Delhi, Jan 26: India celebrates its 69th Republic Day today. The country, on Friday, will roll out the red carpet for heads of 10 Asean countries who will witness India display its military might and cultural diversity during the parade. Keeping the contingent of chief guests in mind, the VIP stand on Rajpath has been broadened to accommodate the 10 heads of state. (Republic Day: Rahul Gandhi Urges Citizens to Protect The Constitution) Also Read - PM Modi Discusses Production Linked Incentive Scheme With India Inc | Key Points
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive at the Parade ground in Delhi at around 9.25 AM and President Ram Nath Kovind is expected to reach around 9.55 AM. The Republic Day parade will begin at 10 AM on Friday. Also Read - Centre Targeting Those Supporting Farmers: Rahul Gandhi on I-T Raids on Taapsee Pannu & Anurag Kashyap
The 10 heads of state include, Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, Malyasian PM Najib Razak, Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Cambodian PM Hun Sen, Laos PM Thongloun Sisoulith and Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. (Padma Awards 2018 Announced: Full List of Recipients) Also Read - Code of Conduct: EC Asks Petrol Pumps to Remove Hoardings With PM Modi's Photos Within 72 Hours
There will be a total of 23 tableaux in the parade, out of which 14 would be representing different states and Union Territories. The states to participate are Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep, Chattisgarh, Kerala, Assam, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Gujarat. (Promise of a Developed India Beckons us, Says President Kovind in Address to The Nation on Eve of 69th Republic Day)
The Gujarat tableau will have a diorama on various activities of Sabarmati Ashram and a mural on Gandhiji’s departure for Dandi March whereas, the Karnataka tableau will be based on wildlife.
Others tableaux are from Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Directorate of Income Tax and finally the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in the same order. Sports tableau will also display indigenous sports like ‘Malkhamb’.
Security Beefed up in Delhi
The national capital has been brought under a ground-to-air security cover in view of the Republic Day celebrations and the visit of 10 ASEAN leaders for a high-profile summit. Thousands of armed personnel have been keeping a tight vigil for Republic Day in Delhi and in border areas of the city to ensure a smooth passage of the celebrations today. Additional security personnel have been deployed on high- rises with anti-aircraft guns. The entire central and New Delhi region nearly have 50,000 security personnel drawn from the Delhi Police and the central security forces. Several security layers have been put in place and Delhi Police personnel along with paramilitary and NSG commandos have been deployed.