Sixth-row seat for Rahul

Rahul Gandhi Was Allotted Sixth Row At Republic Day Parade, Congress Party Angry On BJP

He sat closer to the masses than to dignitaries, and union ministers.

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

He wanted to mark India's 69th Republic Day celebrations with calls for an Azad Kashmir.

State Congress Working President Vincent H. Pala said that Gandhi will be the "star campaigner" for the Congress in the ensuing assembly elections to further boost the confidence of the people. They were seated on a 100-foot wide stage with PM Modi.

"BJP is indulging in cheap tactics and it can't demean/insult our leader by allotting him a seat in the fourth row", a party leader said and added that Rahul was allotted a seat in the "back row" purposely to degrade him.

In the meantime, the BJP-led Centre denied the allegations and said that the paucity of seats occurred because of participation of 10 heads of States at this year's Parade. "It's their (BJP) way of saying so".

"His campaign would surely create a wave for the Congress and the party will retain the power in Meghalaya", he said.

In a post on micro-blogging site Twitter, Party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said, 'Rahul Gandhi was given the seat during Republic Day parade as per the protocol, rules & traditions.

Later in the evening, at the President Ram Nath Kovind's Rashtrapati Bhavan, Rahul was made to sit in a selected enclosure along with the parade chief guests.

When asked about the seating, "I am not bothered about where I am sitting", Rahul told, also dismissing as "cheap publicity" suggestions that he should buy a public ticket to make a point.

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