New Delhi: The remarks made by leaders from the Aam Aadmi Party against the holding of functions such as the Republic Day have not affected the morale of the Army and it is continuing its rehearsals for the event, a senior officer said today.

“This did not have any effect on us and we are  continuing with our preparations for the parade,” Delhi Area Deputy Commander Maj Gen Rajbir Singh told reporters here.

The officer was asked if the remarks made by the AAP leaders against the Republic Day parade during their two-day protest near the Rajpath affected the morale of the personnel participating in the show.

During their two-day protest in front of the Rail Bhawan, AAP leaders had reportedly said that the Republic Day function was meant for elite class people only.

Meanwhile, at the full dress rehearsal of the parade, Singh said it was delayed by two minutes and efforts would be made to correct the timing of all the tableaux.

He said 5,000 personnel have come from different parts of the country to take part in the 90-minute parade.

Singh said the IAF would showcase its latest induction – C-17 Globemaster heavylift aircraft – at the parade while the Navy would showcase its submarine prowess.

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