New Delhi: Congress on Thursday accused the BJP of humiliating party president Rahul Gandhi by allotting a seat in the fourth row for the Republic Day parade at India Gate.
Congress top sources say this is an attempt to humiliate Rahul. Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi was always seated in the fromt row in the last three years and also during Vajpayee regime.
However, Congress sources said that despite the humiliation, Rahul will still attend the ceremony.
Congress says Amit Shah was allowed to sit in the front row at last year's Republic Day parade as party president even though he was just an MLA.
Congress has also accused BJP and government of attempting to thwart a meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli Prime Minister was here on a state visit just a week ago.
Rahul, Congress alleged, was not allowed any time to meet him as usually is done as a protocol when foreign leaders visit New Delhi.
Anand sharma said “govt fixes these meetings. Obviously BJP didn't want him to meet Rahul.”
The government though has dismissed all talk of witch hunting. BJP's Sudhanshu Mittal told CNN-News18 that “politicians should show grace and not complain".
Sources in government say the sitting arrangement may have been altered as with 10 ASEAN heads of leaders in attendance are to be accorded priority and there is no attempt to belittle Rahul Gandhi.
Congress says the leader of the opposition is always allotted a seat in the front row for the parade. During UPA regime, LK Advani was always allotted a seat in the front row when he was leader of the opposition, Congress said.