For the President's "At home" at Rashtrapati Bhavan after the PM's speech on Independence Day, senior BJP leaders including Mr Advani and Ms Swaraj were made to stand in an enclosure to the side. However, Congress president Sonia Gandhi was seated next to President Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister.
At the swearing-in of Hamid Ansari as Vice-President earlier this month, Mr Advani was seated in the fourth row. After his party allegedly complained, Mr Advani was moved to the first row along with the PM and Mrs Gandhi.
Rashtrapati Bhavan officials say that at the reception yesterday, protocol was followed and that leaders of the opposition were accommodated in a special area along with cabinet ministers. They say President Mukherjee made it a point to welcome and greet them personally.
They say the seating chart that was used follows the patterns set in the last few years.