UPA handled our leaders equally: BJP on sixth row seat for Rahul

Jan 28, 2018, 00:05
UPA handled our leaders equally: BJP on sixth row seat for Rahul

The BJP Saturday slammed the Congress for kicking up an "unwarranted controversy" over its party chief Rahul Gandhi being given a sixth row seat at the Republic Day Parade and accused him of behaving like a "super VVIP".

Gandhi was seen sitting in the middle rows and chatting with senior Congressman and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. He said the BJP-led Central government had broken the convention under which the president of the Congress was given a front row seat.

In a post on micro-blogging site Twitter, Party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said, 'Rahul Gandhi was given the seat during Republic Day parade as per the protocol, rules & traditions. He said under the UPA, presidents of BJP which was the main opposition, Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh, were allocated seat in the 11th row meant for officials.

Randeep Surjewala, Communications In-charge of the Congress, tweeted that the "cheap politics" of the Modi government was evident to every one.

In response, Congress general secretary B K Hariprasad said, "It is the arrogance of the prime minister that is brushing upon the leaders of the BJP". "The controversy raised by Congress about the seating arrangements for Rahul Gandhi during 2018 Republic Day function is baseless and condemnable", he said.

All 10 ASEAN leaders conveyed to India their desire for it to play a more assertive role in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region while recognising the country's growing stature in ensuring regional peace and stability.

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.

At a reception hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind in the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul had exchanged greetings.

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