Former President Pranab Mukherjee, who was in the eye of a storm and the butt of criticism from some Congress leaders for going to the RSS headquarters, attended the Iftar party hosted by Congress President Rahul Gandhi in The Taj Palace hotel in New Delhi on Wednesday, 13 June.
Top leaders like Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati will give a miss to Rahul Gandhi’s iftar party which will be held today in Delhi. This is the first ever party to be hosted by Rahul as Congress chief. The leaders of 17 parties were invited for dinner.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former President Pratibha Patil and former Vice President Hamid Ansari were among the dignitaries who attended the function at the hotel where leaders from opposition parties including rebel Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav, Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Janata Dal-Secular leader Danish Ali, Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Satish Chandra Mishra were also present.
Nationalist Congress Party leader D.P. Tripathi, DMK’s Kanimozhi, Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Manoj Jha, and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s Hemant Soren were the other opposition leaders who were present along with Congress leaders P. Chidambaram and A.K. Antony. Mukherjee, whose acceptance of the RSS invite became a matter of big controversy, greeted those present at the function as he moved among the guests. Rahul Gandhi welcomed him and other guests.
There was even speculation whether Mukherjee would be invited but the party issued an official statement to set at rest any such reports by saying that the former President has indeed been invited. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had clarified that the Congress had invited Mr. Mukherjee and he has “graciously accepted” it.
Mukherjee left after a while.