Advani reaches out to Manmohan, Sonia

March 22nd, 2008 - 9:09 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Aiming to improve his ties with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, opposition leader L.K. Advani Saturday made an unusual gesture - he visited them at their homes on the day of the Holi festival and presented them with copies of his autobiography “My Country, My Life”. The visits came two days after the ruling Congress accused Advani of making no effort to reach out to the two leaders.

Sources close to the prime minister said Advani met Manmohan Singh at his residence to greet him on the occasion of Holi.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s prime ministerial nominee presented to him a copy of his book that was released Wednesday.

Advani also went over to Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence here. Congress party sources confirmed the meeting but refused to divulge any details.

In an interview with Times Now television channel Thursday, Advani had admitted there was no communication between him and Gandhi. He had also said it was hurting his equations with Manmohan Singh.

“It is unfortunate that I have no communication with Sonia Gandhi. Poor relations with her affect my equations with the prime minister,” he said, hoping his ties with her would improve.

In response, the Congress had said he had never made efforts to reach out to the two leaders.

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