In a rare show of political bonhomie, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi today greeted each other during a Republic Day event at Rajpath, New Delhi.
In a rare show of political bonhomie, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi today greeted each other during a Republic Day event at Rajpath, New Delhi. Rahul Gandhi was seen smiling when he was greeted by the prime minister. On this occasion, Modi also wished former prime minister Manmohan Singh– gesturing as Namaste. Yesterday, the Congress complained that its leader was relegated to a seat in the fourth row. During the event, Gandhi was seen sitting in the sixth row and chatting with senior Congressman and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the Modi government’s “cheap politics” was on display today when it broke tradition and denied Gandhi a front-row seat. Congress sources said the party presidents, including Sonia Gandhi who handed over the party reins to Rahul Gandhi in December last year, had always been seated in the front row at the Republic Day Parade.
“The Modi government’s cheap politics is for all to see. The Congress president was deliberately made to sit in the sixth row, after initially assigning him a fourth-row seat, at the Republic Day celebrations by the arrogant rulers, who set aside all past traditions. For us the celebration of the Constitution is foremost,” Surjewala tweeted in Hindi.
India today celebrated its 69th Republic Day with a grand display of the country’s military might and rich cultural diversity in the presence of leaders from all the ASEAN nations, in a historic first and unprecedented strategic outreach to the powerful bloc. This is for the first time that leaders from 10 countries attended the annual celebrations as chief guests, and the overwhelming 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.
In respective states, governors unfurled the tricolour and outlined its achievements while also urging the citizens of the Republic to take a pledge to meet the challenges ahead.