Ahead of Ramzan, President Pranab Mukherjee hosted an Iftar party at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, on Friday.
The party was attended by several political leaders and special invitees but what stood out evidently was the absence of Central ministers.
“There was not a single minister, not a single government representative and not a single BJP leader. In all these years, I have never been to an Iftar hosted by the President where there has been no representative of the Government of India,” CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.
SP Rajya Sabha MP Javed Ali Khan, among those invited, said: “I could not spot a single minister at the Iftar hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee. In the past, I have attended three Iftars at Rashtrapati Bhavan and I remember seeing ministers like Rajnath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Mahesh Sharma and Vijay Goel. This time, no one was there.”
Opposition leaders including Congress president Sonia Gandhi , Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad were present at the event.
Notably, PM Modi left for a three-nation tour today.
This is the last iftar party being hosted by the President as his term ends in July.