Friday, 19 October, 2018

Controversy created by Congress unwarranted: BJP on Rahul's seating row

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Melinda Barton | 27 January, 2018, 16:07

Bhubaneswar: Three senior leaders of Odisha Congress met party's national president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi today reigniting speculations over a change of guard in the State unit.

Congress has reacted angrily over allocation of Rahul Gandhi's seat in the sixth row during Republic Day parade.

A Congress leader had on Thursday alleged that by not allocating a seat to the Congress president in the front row, the Modi government was resorting to "cheap politics".

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala termed the situation as public display of "cheap politics" by BJP when Rahul Gandhi was not allotted front row seat during R-Day parade.

"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 GVL Narasimha Rao told media.

"The Modi government's cheap politics is for all to see". "The arrogant rulers deliberately seated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the fourth row, then, in the sixth row, on Republic Day, discarding all convention".

In 2017, the former Congress president Sonia Gandhi was assigned a seat in the front row and was seen sitting along with BJP president Amit Shah.

"For us, the festival of Constitution is most important", Surjewala said. "If this is your democratic spirit or understanding of democracy, it is a shame on the Congress party". "Our party believes in value system as we not only follow the rules and traditions but we also ensure the greatest of respect for all our leaders and opposition leaders", Rao said. "Where each citizen is treated equally not just in the letter of the law but in our actions and in the way we treat each other", Gandhi said.