“At the swearing-in ceremony on May 30, Mr Sharad Pawar was invited to the “V section”, where the most senior guests sat”, Ashok Malik said.
New Delhi | In a silly turn of events, the Press Secretary of President of India clarified media rumours that Sharad Pawar was assigned a first-row seat and not a fifth-row seat, as contrary to reports.
After the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports surfaced that Sharad Pawar had skipped the ceremony.
NCP Spokesperson Nawab Malik had claimed that due to Pawar being given a seat in the fifth row, he found it disrespectful, therefore did not attend the ceremony.
However, a recent tweet from Ashok Malik, Press secretary to the President of India dismissed the rumours and said that instead, he was assigned the first-row seat in the VVIP section.
“At the swearing-in ceremony on May 30, Mr Sharad Pawar was invited to the “V section”, where the most senior guests sat. Even within “V”, he had a labelled first row seat. Somebody in his office may have confused V (for VVIP) for the Roman V (five)”, he wrote on Twitter.
“This clarification is being issued following inaccurate reports such as the one linked above, as well as some media queries we have received today,” he later tweeted.
On May 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his oath ceremony along with his new cabinet after a historic NDA win in the Lok Sabha elections.
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