Fri, 02 Apr 2010 14:12:26 GMT

Bachchans to have breakfast at 10 Janpath

New Delhi: After facing flak over all the Bachchan bashing, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi has stepped in to do some damage control. In a move that caught many senior leaders unaware, Sonia Gandhi called up Amitabh Bachchan over phone last evening and asked him, Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya to join her for breakfast on Thursday.


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From R-L: Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi, son-in-law Robert Vadra and so Rahul Gandhi. According to the sources, Sonia Gandhi after consulting Rahul and Priyanka has invited Bachchan family for breakfast on Thursday morning. Photo Courtesy : Reuters

Sources said that Sonia took the decision after consulting her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka. Both of them pointed out that by making Amitabh Bachchan an untouchable, the Congress was losing a lot of support, especially from the youth. They also pointed out that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP are trying to take advantage of the so called rift between the Congress and the Bollywood superstar. Moreover, fingers are being pointed out at Sonia Gandhi in private as the trigger point behind the rift.

After the family meet, Sonia was in two minds. It was Priyanka who pointed out that when she could forgive people who harmed her family, what prevented Sonia from burying an old hatchet. When Sonia nodded, Priyanka reportedly picked up the phone and called `Uncle Bachchan'. After exchanging pleasantries, Priyanka handed over the phone to Sonia.

Sources close to the family said both Sonia and Amitabh were tense and reluctant to open up. It was Sonia who broke the ice by saying that she liked his blogs and was a keen follower. Amitabh profusely thanked her and pointed out that in some of the poems written by his father, the late Harivanshrai Bachchan, the singular theme was on how one should learn to leave the past behind and learn to explore fresh pastures.

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