Rahul Gandhi shifted from fourth to sixth row at Republic Day Parade? Angry Congress says he will attend anyway

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New Delhi | Updated: January 26, 2018 9:00:10 AM

Republic Day India 2018: A controversy has erupted over the seating of Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the Republic Day 2018 Parade on Rajpath. It has been learnt that Gandhi has been invited by the Modi government for the Republic Day parade.

rahul gandhi at republic day parade india 2018Republic Day Parade 2018: The tussle between Gandhi and PM Modi is nothing new. The verbal duel between them escalated during the last month’s Gujarat Assembly election 2017.

Republic Day India 2018: A controversy has erupted over the seating of Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the Republic Day 2018 Parade on Rajpath. It has been learnt that Gandhi has been invited by the Modi government for the Republic Day parade. According to The Indian Express’ Delhi Confidential column, Initially, Gandhi was allotted a seat in the fourth row but then it was shifted to the sixth row. Knowing this, Congress lashed out at the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the move was a departure from the tradition. They said Congress presidents in the past were given the front row seat. However, Gandhi will attend the prestigious event even as there is no such official announcement regarding the seating arrangement of politicians as well as ministers.

The tussle between Gandhi and PM Modi is nothing new. The verbal duel between them escalated during the last month’s Gujarat Assembly election 2017. Now it seems, the political slugfest has even reached the threshold of Rajpath. Generally, global powerhouses pay attention to Republic Day Parade as it showcases the military might as well as the cultural diversity of India.

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Congress leaders have alleged that Gandhi was not given the front row seat with an intent to humiliate the party and its president at the public function. The event will be attended by Head of Governments and States of all the 10 ASEAN countries. They have claimed that since Independence, Congress party chiefs, Sonia Gandhi, seated in the front row. BJP president Amit Shah has also been always assigned a seat in the front row at the Republic Day parade ever since this government came to power in 2014, according to reports.

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Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi has written an open letter to people on the eve of Republic day. Gandhi has made an appeal to the countrymen to defend the Constitution and its treasured commitment to justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. The letter was posted on social media. Gandhi said all must remember the Indian Constitution and the commitment it made to citizens. “On this Republic day, let us renew our lifelong pledge to protect our Constitution, the keystone of our cherished Republic, and to defend it as one people, whenever it is endangered,” he said. The Congress chief, while extending greetings to fellow citizens, said as all celebrate the beloved nation, “let us also remember the Indian constitution and the commitment we made to all our citizens: JUSTICE, LIBERTY, EQUALITY and FRATERNITY”.

“We are citizens of a democratic republic and our strength is built upon a diversity of religion, cultures, ideas and opinions. No matter our background, we are proud to share a common bond: our belonging to this beautiful nation,” he said.

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