Rahul attends R-Day Parade

Marie Harrington
January 28, 2018

Congress sources said the party presidents, including Sonia Gandhi who handed over the party reins to Rahul Gandhi in December past year, had always been seated in the front row at the Republic Day Parade.

Rao's remarks came after the Congress accused the Narendra Modi government of indulging in "cheap politics" by allotting the Congress chief a sixth row seat at the parade to which the leaders of 10 Asean nations were invited.

Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi watched the Republic Day parade sitting in the sixth row at Delhi's Rajpath.

"The Modi government's cheap politics is for all to see".

The same treatment was meted out to the BJP national presidents and leaders like Rajnath Singh when the Congress was in power, he said.

"For us, the festival of Constitution is most important", Surjewala said. Recently, BJP spokesperson, GVL Narasimha Rao, stirred the controversy saying, "Rahul Gandhi did not deserve to be seated in the VVIP enclosure and honour was bestowed upon him in doing so".

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He wanted to mark India's 69th Republic Day celebrations with calls for an Azad Kashmir.

He said that BJP leaders were not given seats in the VIP area during the Congress-era.

A row broke out between Congress and BJP over Rahul Gandhi getting a sixth-row seat with the opposition alleging a deliberate slight and ruling party leaders saying the protocol set by the UPA when it was in office was being followed.

While Rahul said he was not bothered, the Congress made its displeasure clear.

State Congress Working President Vincent H. Pala said that Gandhi will be the "star campaigner" for the Congress in the ensuing assembly elections to further boost the confidence of the people. The seating arrangement, likewise, for leaders of opposition in the two Houses, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, was also several rows back.

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