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Weeks After Bitter Row, Narendra Modi Walks Up to Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha, Shakes Hands

The show of cordiality between the incumbent and the former premier follows a rare row that broke out last month after Modi insinuated that Manmohan Singh had colluded with Pakistan in the Gujarat polls.

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Updated:January 5, 2018, 5:17 PM IST
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Weeks After Bitter Row, Narendra Modi Walks Up to Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha, Shakes Hands
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, shaking hands with Manmohan Singh during a ceremony to pay tributes to security officials who lost their lives in the 2001 attack on Indian parliament, in New Delhi. (Files/AP Photo)
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his predecessor, Dr Manmohan Singh, soon after the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Friday.

The cordial "handshake" came barely weeks after the duo had been locked in a bitter war of words over Gujarat elections.

As soon as Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House sine die and 'Vande Mataram' was rendered, Modi was seen moving towards the opposition benches shaking hands with some members, including the former PM.

He reached the seat of the former premier, shook hands with him for quite some time and spoke to him. Among others with whom the Prime Minister was seen shaking hands were Deputy Chairman P J Kurien and veteran Congress leader Karan Singh, who was bid farewell by the Upper House as his tenure ends on January 27.

The show of cordiality between the incumbent and the former premier follows a rare row that broke out last month after Modi insinuated that Manmohan Singh had colluded with Pakistan in the Gujarat polls and latter hitting back saying a "dangerous precedent" was being set by such accusations and seeking apology.

Both the Houses had witnessed stormy protests over the issue with an adamant opposition seeking apology from Modi for his statement during Gujarat poll campaign and the BJP sticking to its point that PM would not apologise.

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