"The whole nation celebrated the Republic Day with great fervour yesterday (Friday), but the only jarring note in that celebration was the unwarranted controversy raised by the Congress party keeping its newly elected President at the centre", Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao told media here.
Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi was allotted a seat in the front row for three years (from 2015-17) in her capacity as the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha.
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".
"The Modi government's cheap politics is for all to see".
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Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the Modi government's "cheap politics" was at display on Friday when it broke tradition and denied Gandhi a front-row seat.
Congress leaders had on Thursday alleged that assigning a seat in the fourth row to the Congress president was an attempt to "humiliate" him at a public function, which was attended by heads of government/states of 10 ASEAN countries. "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.
It was his first Republic Day function as party chief after having taken over the post from his mother Sonia Gandhi in December past year. "The arrogant rulers deliberately seated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the fourth row, then sixth row, on Republic Day, discarding all convention".
He wanted to mark India's 69th Republic Day celebrations with calls for an Azad Kashmir.
Government sources said that as per the protocol, the Leader of Opposition is accorded a seat in the seventh row.
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