Video: R-Day is an outdated, Soviet-style parade, said Yogendra Yadav in 2014

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New Delhi, Jan 26: While Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his brigade have been cursing the BJP-led government at the Centre for not inviting him to the Republic Day ceremony this year, one of the top leaders of the same party had mocked the Republic Day programme as an "outdated" one last year when the AAP was in power in Delhi. [R-Day is not Arvind Kejriwal's birthday party]

Psephologist-politician Yogendra Yadav said during an interview to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar that although he personally liked the R-Day ceremony, but he felt it was outdated and resembled the Soviet-style parade. [He must grow up, Kiran Bedi mocks Kejriwal over R-Day invitation]


Yadav, who also contested the Lok Sabha election last year from Haryana but lost, said this while responding to the anchor's question on the then Delhi chief minister Kejriwal's direct threat that his party would disrupt the R-Day celebration on the Rajpath if his government's demand was not met.

He said people did not want to see the tableaux at the Republic Day and it is them who matter more.

Yadav even backed the action of chief minister Kejriwal's sleeping on the street along with some of his cabinet ministers as a protest and said it showed that the chief minister is always close to the people. Kejriwal's government demanded that the control of the Delhi Police should be given the Delhi government.

For AAP, has R-Day become an updated affair once US Prez arrived as chief guest?

It was only after the intervention of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung intervened that the protest was withdrawn though Kejriwal regarded it to be a victory of the common man.

So, for Yogendra Yadav, has the Republic Day become an updated affair once the president of the only superpower attends it as the chief guest for the first time ever?

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