The Central government went unrepresented at outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee’s iftar party that was held on Friday evening.
No minister from the Narendra Modi cabinet attended the event – while Modi has stayed away from the presidential iftar party ever since he became prime minister, ministers like Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley have previously been present at the yearly get-together. On Friday, however, no one from the Union Cabinet was present at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Opposition leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad were present at the event. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Naqvi could not attend the iftar party because of a hurriedly called meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.Notably, PM Modi left for a three-nation tour today. The trip includes a two-day visit to the United States where Modi will meet with President Donald Trump.
This was President Pranab Mukherjee’s last iftar party before he demits office later this month.
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