Republic Day 2019: Rahul Gandhi-Nitin Gadkari Chat During The Parade

Republic Day 2019: Rahul Gandhi-Nitin Gadkari Chat During The Parade

Republic Day 2019: Rahul Gandhi-Nitin Gadkari Chat During The Parade 

New Delhi: The nation celebrated it's 70th Republic Day and a spectacular parade took place at Delhi's Rajpath. There were many highlights of the day but the one that stood out was, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi seated in the front row with Union minister Nitin Gadkari, chatting amicably. The BJP Chief Amit Shah was seated three seats to the right of the Congress President.

The seating arrangement of last year had also triggered a huge row. The Congress President was seated in the fourth row, next to party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. The Congress party had questioned why Mr Gandhi was packed off at the back, pointing out that his mother Sonia Gandhi was always seated in the front row. However, the Congress President, had brushed off the matter, saying it did not matter where he sat, what was important was attending the event.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had drawn attention lately with comments that were seen as critical to the government.

Last month at a function, the union minister had admitted to have a fondness for the speeches of Jawaharlal Nehru, the nation's first Prime Minister and the great grandfather of the Congress Chief. The Union Minister had even quoted from one of his speeches, saying half the country's problems would not exist if individuals did not create them.

Mr Gadkari had earlier this month had created a flutter, calling Indira Gandhi, the grandmother of Rahul Gandhi, a model of women's empowerment. The Union Minister questioned,  "Indira Gandhi proved her mettle in her party among other dedicated male leaders. Was it due to reservation?" 

Mr Gadkari's praise for the opposition party's former leaders had pushed party leader Ashish Deshmukh to question whether the minister would in future agree with Rahul Gandhi on Rafale deal.

Republic Day 2019: Rahul Gandhi-Nitin Gadkari Chat During The Parade

The Congress party had also praised Mr Gadkari, in August last year, when on the question of job reservation for Marathas, he had questioned, "Where are the jobs".

"We applaud Nitin Gadkari for being the first BJP Minister to speak the truth and courageously raise the question that we and the people of India have been asking," the Congress had tweeted.

The Congress President had tweeted about it too. "Excellent question Gadkari Ji. Every Indian is asking the same question," his post read.

Republic Day 2019: Rahul Gandhi-Nitin Gadkari Chat During The Parade

The UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, who has been skipping most public functions lately, did not attend today's event.

The event was attended by  Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda, Congress's  Ghulam Nabi Azad and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.