Following “instructions” from its central leadership, the Congress’ Uttar Pradesh unit has decided not to hold Iftar this year, which it had planned for July 1, but instead ask party leaders to break the fast with children in Muslim-dominated localities and/or madrasas.
The AICC is not organising an Iftar, the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramzan fast at sunset, this year, either.
“We have decided that instead of hosting the Iftar, our leaders would visit slums and madrasas. There is still some time left and we have started looking for such localities,” said Siraj Mehndi, chairman of Congress’ state minority department.
While AICC general secretary and party’s UP in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad was scheduled to be part of the July 1 Iftar, it remains unclear whether he would attend the new programme.
When asked about it, Mehndi said, “We are organising the programme, identifying the localities and dates. Since many children leave madrasas around this time, we are trying to identify those that may still be there. It would take time and once the programme has been finalised, we would invite our state in-charge (Azad) as well.” Sources said that senior party leaders, including state president Nirmal Khatri, have been asked to be present in at least one such localities during the Iftar.