Gadkari meets president, terms it courtesy call

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 12:50 hrs

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Bharatiya Janta Party chief Nitin Gadkari met President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday and congratulated him on assuming office.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Gadkari described the visit as a "courtesy" call.

"After Pranab Mukherjee became president, I had to congratulate him. I congratulated him and held some discussions. I have old personal relations with him. It was a courtesy visit," he told reporters.

"It had nothing to do with politics," Gadkari said.Mukherjee took charge as India's 13th president July 25.

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