Rahul Gandhi takes 6th row seat; Congress fires salvo at govt

Rahul Gandhi takes 6th row seat; Congress fires salvo at govt
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NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday attended the Republic Day Parade and took the designated seat in the sixth row, prompting an angry reaction from his party that accused the government of setting aside tradition and indulging in “cheap politics”.
Gandhi was seated in the sixth row, along with leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the Modi government’s “cheap politics” was at display when it broke tradition and denied Gandhi a front-row seat.
Congress sources said the party presidents, including Sonia Gandhi who handed over the party reins to Rahul Gandhi in December last year, had always been seated in the front row at the Republic Day Parade.
“The Modi government’s cheap politics is for all to see. The Congress president was deliberately made to sit in the sixth row, after initially assigning him a fourth-row seat, at the Republic Day celebrations by the arrogant rulers, who set aside all past traditions. For us the celebration of the Constitution is foremost,” Surjewala tweeted in Hindi.

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