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Row over 6th row: BJP rubbishes objections

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Mandy Jefferson | 29 January, 2018, 03:48

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".

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi called on President Ram Nath Kovind today, in his first formal meeting after taking over the reins of his party. "It does not function according to individuals", he said.

While the schedule for the 224-member state assembly poll is yet to be announced, campaign for the high voltage election has already begun with leaders of both the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) exchanging barbs at each other.

Rao added that there is no "Congress rule" in the country, but Gandhi thinks he is a "super Very Very Important Person". "And therefore I should be put ahead of everybody else even if I have no position, even if I do not fall in the protocol list".

There was no violation of protocol as per the Defence ministry, seeing how in the warrant of precedence, opposition leaders come down the order.

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An unexpected stroke of bad luck ensued with 47-year-old Rahul Gandhi as he had to sit down not in the first or even the fourth row, but the sixth row during the Republic Day parade at Delhi's Rajpath.

BJP party leaders on behalf of the party said that BJP leaders were treated similarly during the Congress rule, but never created an issue out of it. Did you give a seat to our national presidents when you were in power?

"It is better than leaders sitting in their offices and drafting manifestoes", another party leader said.

Rahul Gandhi still attended the Republic Day programme with much ease, firmness and integrity.

Former PM HD Deve Gowda and Manmohan Singh were seen seated in the front row in the picture, followed by Union ministers Smriti Irani and Thawarchand Gehlot.

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