Republic Day celebrations: Salman Khurshid reacts after Rahul Gandhi gets not 1st or 4th but 6th row to sit

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New Delhi | Published: January 26, 2018 7:34:39 PM

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid today slammed the Modi government over sixth-row seat allotted to party president Rahul Gandhi during the Republic day parade today.

Salman khurshid, congress leaders salman khurshid, congress, republic day, 69th republic dayThe Congress leader said that the country values protocols, but this there is something which is called good manners. (File photo: ANI)

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid today slammed the Modi government over sixth-row seat allotted to party president Rahul Gandhi during the Republic day parade today. He said that it more an issue of manners than protocols. During the ceremony today, the newly elected Congress president today took the designated sixth-row seat, along with Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. “It’s sad if those in power think somebody’s stature is decided by where that person is seated,” Khurshid was quoted as saying by PTI. Speaking on sidelines of the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Congress leader said that the country values protocols, but this there is something which is called good manners. “Rahul Gandhi is not just a Congress MP anymore. He is also the president of India’s largest opposition party. And if the ruling party doesn’t understand that position, it is unfortunate,” he was quoted as saying further by the agency.

He further said the entire matter shows “how much respect ruling party has for democratic process”. Speaking about the ongoing protests on the movie Padmaavat, he said that the Supremo Court has done what was the obvious thing. “The Supreme Court has done what is the obvious thing to do. This is not an isolated judgement for one single film, this should be taken as a general view for the freedom of expression. And that applies to everybody,” the agency quoted him. Observing that everyone has a right to free expression and dissent, Khurshid said it should be exercised within the walls of “permissible free expression”. “Dissent is a part of freedom of expression,” he said, “just as much as the person who wants to say something should be allowed to say that, there are people who have an issue with that person should also be allowed to voice it. But all of this should remain within the four walls of permissible limits of free expression,” he added as per PTI.

Pointing out that free expression that turns violent should not be allowed, he also said as per the agency, “Free expression when turns into violence or oppression is obviously not permissible. We are all committed to free expression and not free oppression.”

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