Rahul watches R-Day parade from sixth row, Congress cries foul


He sat closer to the masses than to dignitaries, and union ministers. He said the BJP-led Central government had broken the convention under which the president of the Congress was given a front row seat.

"The Modi government's cheap politics is for all to see".

The Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala took to Twitter and said that the Congress scion was deliberately made to sit in the sixth row during the Republic Day Parade. When asked about Congress's charge that Rahul was shifted from the fourth row to sixth at the last minute, government sources said sometimes, such changes were required in the case of SPG protectees and no meaning should be read into it. "For us celebrating the Republic is above all", he tweeted in Hindi. Yesterday's Parade was very special as it was attended by as many as 10 Heads of States of ASEAN countries who were "special guests". They were seated on a 100-foot wide stage with PM Modi.

The BJP leader urged the Congress to stop indulging in such "cheap politics" saying that "it does not do any good to Indian democracy and in the new India".

Congress leaders had on Thursday alleged that assigning a seat in the fourth row to the Congress chief was an attempt to "humiliate" him at a public event.

As the issue of seating position of Rahul Gandhi during the Republic Day parade was raked up by the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday hit back at the party saying in the past its chiefs were not even given seats in the VIP enclosure. "The people know what the Congress party is about and we never insulted the opposition leaders when we were in power", said Congress general secretary BK Hariprasad.

When asked about the seating, "I am not bothered about where I am sitting", Rahul told, also dismissing as "cheap publicity" suggestions that he should buy a public ticket to make a point.

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