The Gandhi family scion and the youngest president of the 131 year old party Rahul Gandhi was today morning seen gosipping smilingly with the party leader and former union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad sitting in the designated sixth row as a commoner, hardly being noticed except for the fact that the television cameras’ of several channels’ were kind enough to focus their cameras on him at few intervals thus making sure that how a young leader of the party that ruled India for more than six decades have been made the back bencher despite the fact that her mother Sonia Gandhi and even the then leader of the opposition Lal Krishna Advani had usually been given the front row seats in earlier republic day functions including the party chief Amit Shah since 2014.
The Congress Party has taken a serious view of this alleged deliberate lapse and termed it an intentional attempt by the ruling party to belittle his image and reputation as the leader of biggest opposition party in parliament and the president of the Congress party as well.
There have been lot of hue and cry on this issue but the Congress party chief despite issuing any negative statement on this arbitrary seating arrangement preferrred to go their early in the morning and sit calmly alongwith his party colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad watching the entire parade of the 69th Republic Day celebration at Rajpath. However, the Congress Party has officially not made it an issue but those speaking behind the camera and on the condition of being anonymous say that this practice amounts to cheap tactics to belittle or degrade the image of the leader of a party that ruled the nation for so many decades and is a main opposition party of the country.
As per the news reports pouring in the ministry of defence responsible for making seating arrangements also denied objections of the Congress party saying that every norm and protocol has been obeyed in this regard and no indecent or arbitrary attitude has been taken in allocating the seat to Rahul Gandhi.
Every arrangement has been made as per norms, rules and regulations. Even the leader of the opposition (LoP) is placed behind several dignitaries and at present there is no LoP in the Lok Sabha due to a lack of numbers added the defence ministry sources.
The Congress leader emphatically say that if the president of the ruling party BJP Amit Shah can sit in the front row in Republic Day functions since the party came to power in 2014 giving seat in the fourth row to the leader and president of the main opposition party is a clear move to belittle his image and amounts to cheap politics. What makes the issue more serious is the fact that first Rahul Gandhi was allotted the seat in the fourth row and was later on changed to sixth row on the pretext that it was the SPG looking after the Congress president’s safety which has asked to do so. But the Congress leader and spokesman has serious reservation on this. In a tweet Randeep Singh Surjewal said: MODI SARKAAR KI OCHI RAAJNEETI JAGJAAHIR
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