Controversy created by Congress unwarranted: BJP on Rahul's seating row

Rahul Gandhi Given Seat in 4th Row for Republic Day Parade, Congress Cries Foul

The ruling party wondered what was the fuss about when Rahul had been alloted a seat as per "protocol", adding that the BJP leaders were treated similarly during the Congress rule but it had never made it an issue. He is also the president of India's largest opposition party.

"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 even given seats in the VIP area during the Congress era. It shows that Congress party still believes in aristocracy and not in democracy'.

"Rahul is trying to tell he is a super VVIP and should be put ahead of everyone else even if he doesn't have any position or does not fall in the protocol list", Rao said.

The letter is as much an appeal to the people to defend the Constitution as a critique of Narendra Modi government's alleged failures on protecting constitutional rights, including freedom of expression and atrocities on Dalits. "The arrogant rulers deliberately seated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the fourth row, then sixth row, on Republic Day, discarding all convention".

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Congress sources said the party president had always been seated in the front row since Independence.

In 2017, the former Congress president Sonia Gandhi was assigned a seat in the front row and was seen sitting along with BJP president Amit Shah. Congress communication chief Randeep Surjewala tweeted, "The Modi government's cheap politics is for all to see".

Meanwhile, India 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.

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