Congress protests Rahul’s 6th-row seat
Congress protests Rahul’s 6th-row seat – A row broke out between the Congress and Bjp over Rahul gets a 6th-row seat at the Republic parade on 26th January 2018.with the opposition claiming a deliberate slight and ruling party leader saying the protocol set by the UPA when it was in office was being followed.
Rahul sat with a leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, encouraging Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala to call the seating arrangement “cheap politics”. He said, “The arrogant government broke with tradition and standard, and deliberately made Congress president Rahul Gandhi first sit in the fourth row and then in the sixth row in the function to mark the national festival of Republic Day.”
BJP, however, disprove the charge. “We are only following the arrangement which was laid down and made compulsory under the UPA,” said Anil Baluni convener (people call for the meeting) of the party’s media cell. He said under the UPA, presidents of BJP, which was the main opposition, Nitin Gadkari, and Rajnath Singh was allocated seats in the 11th row meant for officials. The seating arrangement, likewise, for leaders of opposition in the two Houses, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, was also several rows back. BJP sources contended that the seating arrangement for its leaders was so down the corridor that Gadkari and Singh usually did not attend Republic Day parades and neither did Swaraj while Jaitley did so on occasion.
From the sources, the government broke from the pattern to provide a special exception that allowed Sonia Gandhi a front row seat for the last three years. This was discontinued in the case of Rahul. When asked about Congress’s charge that Rahul was shifted from the fourth row to sixth at the last minute, government sources said sometimes, such changes were required in the case of SPG protectees and no meaning should be read into.
India celebrated its 69th Republic Day with a grand display of the country’s military might and rich cultural variety in the presence of leaders from all the ASEAN nations, in a historic first and unmatched strategic outreach to the powerful alliance. This is for the first time that leaders from 10 countries attended the annual celebrations as chief guests, and the massive presence of the ASEAN leadership is seen as a reflection of India’s growing stature as a major power in the region where China has been expanding its footprint.