Denial of a front-row seat to the Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the Republic Day parade is not deterring him to attend the programme. What facility had been given to Sonia Gandhi for the past three years was not extended to the Congress party’s latest president. This was what causing discomfort to the Congressmen who classified this year’s seating plan as part of the cheap politics. It remained all the more wonderfully mean as they indicated on the occasion.
A young leader like Rahul Gandhi attended the R-day programmes with as much ease as his firmness rested on the country’s unity and integrity.
However, the Defence ministry clarified that there was no violation of protocol set out by the warrant of precedence, which was clear that the leaders of the opposition come down the order. Even the leader of the opposition is placed behind several dignitaries and at present, there is no Leader of Opposition in the Upper House due to a lack of numbers.
Something inside the party loyalists stirred as they pointed out that the leader of the opposition had always been allotted the front-row for the Republic Day spectacular parade.
The Congress party’s president might have missed the first row but he enjoyed the show sitting with Ghulam Nabi Azad at the Rajpath. He appeared to have avoided the matter.
What was seen at this year’s arrangement was the removal of the special dispensation. How has the BJP government smoothly touched the right mark with its delicate stroke?
It seemed practically rough and quick but it could not be like the Flight of the Bumblebee (an orchestral interlude by Nikolai Rumsky-Korsakov to musically invoke the seemingly chaotic and rapidly changing flying pattern) or emotionally slow like the Moonlight Sonata (a piano composition by Beethoven reminds of moonlight on the waves).