Opposition leaders on Monday wrote to the Rajya Sabha chairman alleging that the Leader of Opposition in the Upper House Mallikarjun Kharge was not given a seat “commensurate with the position he holds” during the oath-taking ceremony of President Droupadi Murmu.
Murmu took oath as the country’s 15th president at the central hall of Parliament on Monday morning.
Congress General Secretary in charge of Communications, Jairam Ramesh, tweeted a letter sent to M Venkaiah Naidu on the matter. Fifteen Opposition leaders had signed the letter.
“We are writing to express our shock and protest at this deliberate disrespect shown to a very senior leader violating the warrant of precedence and not in accordance with protocol courtesies due to him,” the Opposition leaders wrote.
Letter submitted to Hon’ble Chairman, Rajya Sabha by all Opposition Parties (including TMC) just now. pic.twitter.com/tapyVKFS1s
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) July 25, 2022
Apart from Ramesh, the Congress’ Mukul Wasnik, the Nationalist Congress Party’s Vandana Chavan and the Communist Party of India’s Binoy Viswam were among the MPs who signed the letter.
Responding to the allegation, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi said that according to the protocol, the Leader of Opposition should be seated in the third row, ANI reported.
“To respect the position of Mallikarjun Kharge, he was provided with a seat in the…