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Modi, Sonia keep distance; no exchange of words

July 28, 2008 21:14 IST

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi [Images] and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi [Images] maintained a clear distance from each other on Monday during their entire visit to the serial blast victims.

The two did not exchange a single word during the entire visit, Congress state unit president Siddarth Patel who accompanied them said.

When they arrived at the City Civil hospital blast site, Modi briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] about the blasts which took place at the hospital premises on Saturday which killed 23 people.

While, Sonia Gandhi stood in another corner surrounded by state unit Congress leaders. Gujarat Congress legislative party leader Shaktisinh Gohil gave a separate briefing to her about the blast at the Civil Hospital.

The scene was same at the Vadilal Sarabhai Hospital where both the leaders maintained distance.

As state's head Modi accompanied the Prime Minister in his car. While, Sonia travelled in another car accompanied by Congress leaders.

Congress leaders said that Modi briefed the Prime Minister about the blasts but he kept away from Sonia Gandhi.

Modi, in the past had made bitter comments against Sonia's foreign origin.

While, in the last Gujarat Assembly elections Sonia had also launched a scathing attack on the functioning style of Gujarat Chief Minister.

Sonia had come along with prime minister and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil [Images] to meet the blasts victims.

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