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28 January 2018, 12:10 | Katrina Lee
Controversy created by Congress unwarranted: BJP on Rahul's seating row on R-Day
Congress President Gandhiattended the annual event and took the designated seat in the sixth row, prompting an angry reaction from the Opposition party which accused the ruling BJP government of setting aside tradition and indulging in "cheap politics".
The Congress president had been assigned a fourth-row seat on Thursday but was eventually given a place in the sixth row along with Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala posted a picture of Rahul in the crowd with the tweet: "Modi government's cheap politicking exposed before the world".
Congress sources said the party presidents, including Sonia Gandhi who handed over the party reins to Rahul Gandhi in December a year ago, had always been seated in the front row at the Republic Day Parade. "BJP did not make an issue of the seating arrangements made for BJP president Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh during UPA regime in 2013 and 2014".
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will also be a member of the committee which includes all top Congress leaders of the state.
It was his first Republic Day function as party chief after having taken over the post from his mother Sonia Gandhi in December a year ago. "We never insulted the Opposition leaders when we were in power", he said. "The idea of democracy is nowhere to be seen in its (Congress) mentality, which boasts of being called the oldest political party in India", BJP leader G V L Narsimha Rao said at a press conference.
Indian National Congress has come up with their own side of the story after being questioned about the worth of party president Rahul Gandhi being accommodated in the VVIP enclosure.
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".
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