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After 2018 fiasco, Rahul Gandhi gets front row seat at 70th Republic Day

Rahul Gandhi earlier took to Twitter to wish the countrymen on Republic Day

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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BJP President Amit Shah, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other dignitaries during the 70th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi | Photo: PTI

After a row over his seating arrangement at the last year, Congress president was seen sitting in the front row along with Union minister Nitin Gadkari at the 70th celebrations here.

While Gandhi got a front row seat, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad was seen seated in the second row behind Gandhi, unlike last year when both of them were made to sit in the sixth row.

Gandhi, who had taken over as the new Congress chief last year from his mother Sonia Gandhi, was designated the sixth row seat during the 2018 celebrations, prompting angry protest from his party which accused the government of setting aside traditions and indulging in "cheap politics".

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Congress President greets South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during a meeting, in New Delhi, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Anand Sharma are also seen | Photo: PTI

The Congress sources maintained that their party presidents had always been seated in the front row at the celebrations at Rajpath.

Gandhi earlier took to Twitter to wish the countrymen on Republic Day.

"Best wishes to the countrymen on Republic Day," he said.

Senior party leader P Chidambaram also wished the citizens on the occasion.

"Happy Republic Day to all. Republic Day marks the birth of the Constitution of India. Celebrating the Constitution is a joy. Saving the Constitution is a duty," he tweeted.

Other senior Congress leaders also put out a number of messages on their Twitter accounts, giving best wishes to the countrymen on Republic Day.

"Remembering our founding fathers on the 70th Republic Day. It is time to rededicate ourselves to the values of equality, liberty and justice enshrined in our constitution, which make us a great nation. Jai Hind," Anand Sharma said.

First Published: Sat, January 26 2019. 16:31 IST