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PM Modi walks to Opposition benches in Parliament, greets Sonia with folded hands

BJP members stood up when Modi entered the house and took their seats only after he had done so.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2017 17:23 IST
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves after casting his vote to elect an Indian President at Parliament House in New Delhi on July 17, 2017. National and state lawmakers vote to elect India's next president on July 17, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, from the lowest Dalit caste, the favourite to win. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves after casting his vote to elect an Indian President at Parliament House in New Delhi on July 17, 2017. National and state lawmakers vote to elect India's next president on July 17, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, from the lowest Dalit caste, the favourite to win. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH(AFP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted Opposition members, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in the Lok Sabha before the start of proceedings at the beginning of Parliament’s monsoon session.

Modi, who came about five minutes before the house proceedings began, walked up to the Opposition benches and greeted leaders who were seated in the front row.

They included former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, Leader of Congress in the House Mallikarjun Kharge, and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai, apart from Sonia Gandhi.

While he shook hands with Gowda, Yadav, Kharge and Thambidurai, he greeted Sonia Gandhi with folded hands. He also spoke to Kharge and Yadav briefly.

Seeing Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia in the second row, he also greeted them.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other opposition members in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on the opening day of the monsoon session on July 17, 2017. (PTI)

Soon after entering the house, Modi greeted the members with folded hands. Lok Janshakti Party member Ramchandra Paswan touched Modi’s feet in a gesture of respect.

BJP members stood up when Modi entered the house and took their seats only after he had done so.

Earlier in the day, addressing the media, Modi urged all parties to work in the interest of the nation.

He expressed hope that all the parliamentarians would engage in quality debate during the over three-week long monsoon session in the interest of the nation.

“This monsoon session is very important in many ways as the country will elect its new President,” Modi said after arriving at Parliament to cast his vote in the presidential poll.

Modi said: “GST shows the good that can be achieved when all parties come together and work for the nation. The GST spirit is about growing stronger together. I hope the same GST spirit prevails in the session.”

He said like monsoon brings hope, “this session also brings same spirit of hope”.