Mamata keeps distance from Karat at EC function
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Last Updated: Monday, January 25, 2010, 20:56
New Delhi: After keeping away from the ceremony to pay last respects to Marxist veteran Jyoti Basu, Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee today chose to maintain distance from CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat at an Election Commission function here.

Banerjee, who was given a seat in the front row reserved for leaders of various political parties, preferred to sit far away from Karat despite being alloted a place near him.

At the function to mark EC's Diamond Jubilee, AIADMK supremo J Jayalithaa, who generally keeps away from Delhi, participated and it was one of the rare functions in recent years in which she and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were present.

Sports Minister M S Gill, a former Chief Election Commissioner, was seen interacting with Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik.

Details of their interaction was not known, but it comes in the backdrop of the controversy over the participation of Pakistani players in the IPL.

All former CECs were seated together in a row.


First Published: Monday, January 25, 2010, 20:56

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