Cutting across party lines, Lok Sabha MPs greeted Sonia Gandhi on her 70th birthday on Friday. Sonia, who had recently been hospitalised, came to the House after a long gap. The House had been already adjourned following stormy scenes when Sonia arrived a little after 11 am.
Soon after settling down, she spotted L K Advani, sitting in the front row of treasury benches, and went over to exchange pleasantries with him, as also with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who flanked Advani.
Soon thereafter, BJP MP Rama Singh walked up to Sonia and was overheard saying, “Happy birthday to you.” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, his deputy S S Ahluwalia and MoS in PMO Jitendra Singh, and BJP MPs Hema Malini, Riti Pathak and Anju Bala were others who greeted Sonia.