A day after the Republic Day, Congress President Rahul Gandhi called on President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.
It was not clear why Rahul Gandhi paid a visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan a day after the President hosted “At Home” reception on the Rashtrapati Bhavan lawns on the 69th Republic Day on Friday.
Rahul Gandhi, who was seated in sixth row of the dignitaries to witness the Republic Day parade on Friday, unlike his mother who was always seated in the front row, however, took it in a lighter vein and paid the visit to President.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted after his meeting with President, saying,”I had a wonderful meeting with President Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.” The meeting was made to a customary one though.
Earlier on Thursday, Congress party described the seating arrangement as BJP’s “cheap politics” to insult Rahul Gandhi. But in a strange turn of the things, the Congress Party president was further pushed behind to sixth row when he was actually shown the sixth row at the Rajpath parade on Friday.
When media coverage highlighted the incident, the government brushed it aside as a security risk consideration.
Reportedly, the humiliation meted out to Rahul Gandhi did not go down well with the foreign dignitaries present at the Republic Day from the 10 ASEAN countries either as some of them had closer ties with the Congress Party when it was in power.