NEW DELHI: Days after a quarrel broke out over Rahul Gandhi‘s sixth row seat at the Republic Day celebrations, the Congress president found himself Seated right at the front in Parliament on Monday.
Rahul was seated in the front row during President Ram Nath Kovind‘s address to the joint sitting of both Houses in the Central Hall of Parliament, Reported Pti.
Also seated in the front row were former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, senior BJP leader LK Advani, and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Advani and Sonia were seen conversing after the event.
While external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Union minister Ramdas Athawale were seen greeting the senior Congress leader, I&B minister Smriti Irani only shook hands with Advani, but did not greet Sonia, reported PTI.
Along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, finance minister Arun Jaitley, home minister Rajnath Singh, transport minister Nitin Gadkari, Swaraj, and Irani were all seated in the front row. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman sat in the second row.
At the Republic Day celebrations this year, Rahul was accorded a seat in the sixth row, with leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
The Congress termed the seating arrangement “cheap politics”, even as the BJP denied the allegation.
(With inputs from PTI)
Source : timesofindia