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Gujral miffed over seating at Hu function

November 22, 2006

Former prime minister I K Gujral was on Wednesday upset over the seating arrangement at a function in New Delhi where Chinese President Hu Jintao delivered a lecture.

Gujral was visibly agitated as he was made to sit in the second row of Vigyan Bhavan.

However, realising the mistake after some time, officials tried to persuade him to sit on a seat in the front row. Even officials from China requested him to move to the front row.

But he did not budge and sat in the second row throughout the hour-long programme. The incident occurred before Hu arrived at the venue.

Caption: Former prime minister I K Gujral with hands folded, refuses to shift to front row as a Chinese official pleads with him during a function organised by Indian Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Photograph: Sondeep Shankar/Saab Pictures

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Sub: The omen of the days to come ahead.

Neanderthaal's security had jammed the capital's communication system. They had no business to do so. And nobody objected. Hu's men hauled two Indian dignitaries in ...

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Sub: Gujral miffed over seating

The 'dissing' of Gujral is no merre accident, as nothing happens in Cong without Sonia G's 'permission' - just another example of the vindictiveness and ...

Posted by labrea

Sub: bad taste

It is an indicator of how things will be handled in the given state of affairs. I have never been impressed about IK Gujral but ...

Posted by Girish

Sub: Thats how we are?

Stupidity! How can we forget our own (former) Prime Minister. Following the protocols is a diehard thing. More than that is the respect, not only ...

Posted by PUMA

Sub: ex pm Gujral given second row

bad taste of foreign office of both countries

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