Lack of warmth between the government and the Opposition particularly Congress was visible as leaders communicated very little with each other, unlike in the past on such occasions.

Barring External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who walked up to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and both exchanged pleasantries, no interaction between Gandhi and any senior minister from the government was seen.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was seated in extreme left in the middle row along with Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien was the only member from Congress who was seen thumping the desk a number of times during the President's address listing the government's initiatives and roadmap for future.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.

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