New Delhi: In a special gesture, Rahul
Gandhi on Tuesday met opposition BJP leader L K Advani in his
Parliament office to wish him on his birthday on behalf of his
mother and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
"Yesterday Sonia Gandhi and Rahul had tea in Advani`s
office in Parliament after US President Barack Obama left.
There Pratibha (Advani`s daughter) told them that Advani is
celebrating his birthday tomorrow and invited them for the
function," Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj
said, adding that since Sonia could not make it, Rahul came to
While yesterday`s meeting was a chance encounter as
Sonia and Rahul were waiting for their vehicles after Obama
had left when Advani saw them in the corridor and invited them
for tea, the young Congress leader made it a point to wish
Advani in person today.
Advani turned 83 on Monday but due to Obama`s visit,
he is celebrating his birthday today.
"Sonia Gandhi called Advani today and expressed her
inability to attend the celebrations but added that Rahul
might come. Rahul then called Advani and said though he would
not attend the function, he would like to greet him in person
in the Parliament office," Swaraj said.
Rahul told Advani that yesterday he had come to have
tea on the latter`s invitation but today he was here to greet
him on his birthday.
The guests will be treated to a play as part of
celebrations at Advani`s residence.