Mumbai: NCP MP Supriya Sule and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut criticised the Centre for denying permission to the tableaux from Maharashtra and West Bengal for the Republic Day parade.

Sule, the NCP MP accused the Centre of giving "step brotherly" treatment to the non-BJP ruled states.

"Maharashtra and West Bengal have been denied permission for their tableaux for this Republic Day parade. This is a function of the nation. The Central government is expected to give representation to all states. But the government is partial and is giving step-motherly treatment to the states," said the NCP leader in a tweet.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has suspected conspiracy behind the denial of permission.

"Maharashtra's tableau has always been attractive, won the first prize for several years. If the permission had been denied during the Congress regime, the BJP would have made a lot of noise, but why are they silent now," asked Raut in a tweet.

"Maharashtra and West Bengal's tableaux should not be seen in the Republic Day parade. Is there any conspiracy behind it? We are true patriots -- Is this our crime?" asked Raut in another tweet.

The ministry of defence has clarified the tableau proposal of West Bengal government was not taken forward for further consideration by the committee after deliberations in the second meeting. 

"The tableau proposal of West Bengal government was examined by the expert committee in two rounds of meetings. The tableau proposal of West Bengal government was not taken forward for further consideration by the committee after deliberations in the second meeting," an official statement said.

"For the Republic Day Parade 2020, 56 tableaux proposals, 32 from States and Union Territories and 24 from ministries and departments, were received," the statement said.

The tableaux proposals received from various states, Union Territories, Central ministries and departments are evaluated in a series of meetings of an expert committee comprising eminent persons in the field of art, culture, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, choreography, etc.