1. Rahul Gandhi seat row: BJP says its leaders were even denied seats in VIP enclosures

Rahul Gandhi seat row: BJP says its leaders were even denied seats in VIP enclosures

Congress President Gandhi today attended the annual event and took the designated seat in the sixth row, prompting an angry reaction from the Opposition party which accused the ruling BJP government of setting aside tradition and indulging in "cheap politics".

By: | New Delhi | Published: January 27, 2018 12:31 AM
rahul gandhi, republic day 2018, seat row rahul gandhi, BJP, VIP enclosure republic day, congress The BJP today hit back at the Congress over the issue of sitting position of Rahul Gandhi during the Republic Day parade, saying in the past its chiefs were not even given seats in the VIP enclosure. (Reuters)

The BJP today hit back at the Congress over the issue of sitting position of Rahul Gandhi during the Republic Day parade, saying in the past its chiefs were not even given seats in the VIP enclosure. Congress President Gandhi today attended the annual event and took the designated seat in the sixth row, prompting an angry reaction from the Opposition party which accused the ruling BJP government of setting aside tradition and indulging in “cheap politics”. “Where did Rajnath Singh ji and Nitin Gadkari ji sit as BJP chiefs at Republic Day events during the Congress-led UPA government,” BJP National Spokesperson Anil Baluni said. He said that BJP leaders were not given seats in the VIP area during the Conngress-era. “But unlike the Congress, the BJP does not stoop so low and believes in a healthy democracy,” Baluni said.

Gandhi was seated in the sixth row, along with Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. Last year, Sonia Gandhi was assigned a seat in the front row and was seen sitting along with BJP president Amit Shah. The BJP president was seated in the front row in the function today. Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the Modi government’s “cheap politics” was at display when it broke tradition and denied Gandhi a front-row seat. Government sources said that as per the protocol, the Leader of Opposition is accorded a seat in the seventh row.

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