NDA upset with Pranab da

August 22 2012

President Pranab Babu may have called up BJP leaders and asked them to bury the hatchet, but the strain in relationships show that Advani, Jaitley and Sushma and other saffron party leaders have come back so upset after meeting Pranab da that things may not get better in the days to come. There are two entries to Rashtrapati Bhavan – a main gate and a side gate. The prime minister, speaker, UPA chairperson and other VVIPs can enter from the main gate, but the chairperson of NDA, Opposition leader in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have to use the side gate. It is said that it took nearly 25 minutes to half an hour for the BJP leaders to get inside to the venue for the programme, because there was such a jam of vehicles at the side gate. When the BJP leaders reached the venue, the President and the prime minister were there with their wives, along with Sonia Gandhi and the Speaker and having a snack. The BJP leaders had not been assigned a ‘separate’ place. The line for tea and samosas was as long as the one to shake hands and exchange pleasantries with the President. Sources reveal that prominent Opposition leaders were told that if they wanted to meet the President, they would have to join the queue. The leaders got upset about this and went back without meeting the President, swearing they will never return. India has certainly not only got a new President but a new culture at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, too.

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