Republic Day ceremony: 1st time ever? Congress President Rahul Gandhi to sit in 4th row, not 1st? Congress upset over Modi govt’s move

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Published: January 25, 2018 6:49:22 PM

According to the invitation sent by Modi government to Congress, its President Rahul Gandhi won't sit in the 1st row this time during Republic Day parade during celebrations at Rajpath.

This is something which is going to happen reportedly for the first time. (Photos from PTI)

This is something which is going to happen reportedly for the first time. According to the invitation sent by Modi government to Congress, its President Rahul Gandhi won’t sit in the 1st row this time during Republic Day parade during celebrations at Rajpath. Unlike previous years, the Congress President has got 4th row to sit. According to ABP news, Congress is upset with this move of Modi government. According to the report, till now Congress President, whether in opposition or power, used to sit in front row. Last year too, then Congress President Sonia Gandhi sat in the front row. Congress has alleged that this is cheap politics by Modi government. Noteworthy, 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.

Meanwhile, the national capital has been brought under a ground-to-air security cover in view of the Republic Day celebrations and the visit of 10 ASEAN leaders for a high-profile summit here. Thousands of armed personnel have been keeping a tight vigil for Republic Day in Delhi and in border areas of the city to ensure a smooth passage of the celebrations tomorrow. Additional security personnel will be deployed on high-rises with anti-aircraft guns, the official said. CCTV cameras have been installed and control rooms have been set up to monitor the feed from the cameras. Police officials were maintaining a tight vigil at strategic points. All marketplaces have been put on alert and Delhi Police teams were carrying out security audits. The police has deployed dog squads in key market areas. Leaves of police personnel have been cancelled, the official said. The entire central and New Delhi region will have nearly 50,000 security personnel drawn from the Delhi Police and the central security forces. Several security layers have been put in place and Delhi Police personnel along with paramilitary and NSG commandos have been deployed.

The visiting ASEAN leaders, after attending an ASEAN summit here today, will be the chief guests at the Republic Day parade tomorrow. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a multilateral body, comprising Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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