New Delhi, Aug 16
President Pranab Mukherjee today telephoned senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley after reports that they were ‘upset’ about the seating arrangements made at the ‘At Home’ function on the occasion of Independence Day yesterday at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
‘The President telephoned all the three leaders and assured them that their views will be considered for future functions,’ President’s Press Secretary Venu Rajamony said here.
The senior BJP leaders were in an enclosure along with Cabinet ministers, diplomats, judges and senior bureaucrats, away from the VVIP enclosure.
Besides the President, others in the VVIP enclosure included Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The President also assured the BJP leaders that necessary changes will be made.
‘This is painful. This is eminently avoidable,’ senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told reporters here.