PM Narendra Modi skips President’s Iftar again, Rajnath, Jaitley, Sonia present

The Iftar calendar in the national capital has considerably lightened since the NDA government came to power with Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s being the exception.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2015 7:24 am
Narendra Modi, Modi iftar party, Iftar calendar, Iftar calendar congress, Pranab Mukherjee, Pranab Mukherjee iftar party, sonia gandhi, NDA government, modi latest news, india latest news President Pranab Mukherjee hosts an Iftar party at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

For the second straight year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave President Pranab Mukherjee’s Iftar party a miss, the purported reason being a meeting of the chief ministers of the North East states. Incidentally, in the 14 months that he has been prime minister, Modi has not had a separate meeting with these CMs although the North East is a focus area for the government.

The Iftar calendar in the national capital has considerably lightened since the NDA government came to power with Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s being the exception. Modi had skipped Mukherjee’s Iftar party last year too.

Among those present at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday were Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Ambassadors of Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Bangladesh and Pakistan also attended the party.

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Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, former chief minister Omar Abdullah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, NCP president Sharad Pawar, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, TMC MP Derek O’Brien, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and diplomats from several other Islamic countries attended the reception. Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Lt Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung were among those who attended the Iftar.

In his message, the President said: “Ramzan, a month of blessings and forgiveness, reminds us of our duties towards the poor and less-privileged as well as the need for charity and generosity towards all. Let us during this holy month pledge to spread love, affection and mutual trust among all. May the spirit of Ramzan instill in each one of us a sense of unity and pride in the composite culture of India.”

The dinner menu included a host of items like malai kabab, mutton biryani, fish fry, mutton korma, chicken gravy, paneer gravy, malai kofta and vegetarian biryani.

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  1. Y
    Jul 16, 2015 at 12:55 pm
    There is a limit how mich public money one can spend on these useless parties. What has been achieved by these silly parties. India is the only country who practise such stupid rituals
  2. Y
    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm
    Why? What is so special about Muslims. Why should a pm 1.25billion people should spend his time at religious parties. There should not be any religious parties.
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    Awadhesh Kumar
    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm
    Prez has no business hosting 'Iftar' parties in the first place. It simply does not behove him. Iftar parties are unabashedly political events.
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      Balbheem Shurpali
      Jul 16, 2015 at 6:54 am
      Let us during this holy month pledge to spread love, affection. And Kill animals for taste buds. Wah 😊😊
      1. C
        Jul 16, 2015 at 7:01 am
        BJP is in the habit of dictating and not listening. Pls start listening to others to find common grounds and for the betterment of the country. Well I know I am asking too much from BJP... to get rid of gimmicks and to start working. It is not going to h
        1. H
          Jul 16, 2015 at 11:02 am
          A person holding consutional post should refrain from attending religious function
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            Amit Srivastava
            Jul 17, 2015 at 4:07 pm
            तीन खबरें बड़ी मजेदार सी .... नंबर 1.... इस्लामिक स्टेट ऑफ़ बंगाल (ISB ) की राजधानी कोलकाता में ट्राफिक के बीचो-बीच बस रोककर एक बस ड्राइवर ने नमाज़ पढ़ी .....और कोई माई का लाल उसे रोक नहीं पाया ..... नंबर 2........ राष्ट्रपति की अति महत्वपूर्ण इफ्तार पार्टी में ना जाकर और उसी समय मुख्यमंत्रियों की टुच्ची सी मीटिंग बुलाकर प्रधानमंत्री ने बहुत बड़ा गुनाह किया है .... क्योंकि उन्हें वहां आने के लिए न्योता नहीं फतवा जारी किया गया था........ नंबर 3......1993 बम विस्फोट के आरोपी याकूब मेमन को फांसी देने से भारत के मुस्लिमों में गलत सन्देश जायेगा .....हाँ क्योंकि मासूमों को मारना तो उनका जन्मसिद्ध अधिकार है !! क्या यार .....यूँही डरे हुए थे लोग की मोदी आया तो सेक्युलरिस्म खतरे में पड़ जायेगा ..... देखो हट्टा कट्टा मुश्टंडे की तरह मौजूद है सेक्युलरिस्म ...... मस्तमौला है !! इसलिए चैन से सो जाओ बच्चों !!
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              Imran Shaikh
              Jul 16, 2015 at 6:16 am
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