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Rahul in 6th row is more an issue of good manners than protocols: Khurshid

The senior Congress leader said, "It's sad if those in power think somebody's stature is decided by where that person is seated".

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attended the Republic Day Parade and took the designated seat in the sixth row Photo: Twitter

As the voiced displeasure over its being seated in the sixth row at the main event in Delhi, senior party said it was "more an issue of good manners than protocols".

Gandhi attended the Parade at Rajpath and took the designated sixth-row seat, along with of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. "It's sad if those in power think somebody's stature is decided by where that person is seated," Khurshid said.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Literature Festival here, he said values protocols, but beyond protocols "there is something called good manners". "is not just a MP anymore. He is also the of India's largest opposition party. And if the ruling party doesn't understand that position, it is unfortunate."

Government sources said that as per the protocol, the of Opposition is accorded a seat in the seventh row. Khurshid also said the entire matter reflects "how much respect the ruling party has for the democratic process". The leader also spoke about the ongoing protests over the release of Bollywood film "Padmaavat".

PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi at 69th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath. Photo: Reuters
PM Modi and at 69th celebrations at Rajpath. Photo: Reuters


"The has done what is the obvious thing to do. This is not an isolated judgement for one single film, this should be taken as a general view for the freedom of expression. And that applies to everybody." The apex court had allowed the release of the film in all states.

He noted that while everyone has a right to free expression and dissent, it should be exercised within the walls of "permissible free expression". "Dissent is a part of freedom of expression," he said, "just as much as the person who wants to say something should be allowed to say that, there are people who have an issue with that person should also be allowed to voice it. But all of this should remain within the four walls of permissible limits of free expression," he said.

He said free expression that turns violent should not be permitted. "Free expression when turns into violence or oppression is obviously not permissible. We are all committed to free expression and not free oppression," he said.

First Published: Fri, January 26 2018. 19:02 IST
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