Top leaders like Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati will give a miss to Rahul Gandhis 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 presidents Pranab Mukherjee, Pratibha Patil and ex-vice president Hamid Ansari have however accepted the invitation to attend the party.
The guest list includes opposition leaders like: Praful Patel, Sharad Yadav, Sitaram Yechuri, Satish Mishra, Ramgopal Yadav, Kanimozhi , Omar AAbdullah, D Raja and Dinesh Trivedi.
The partys last iftar party was in 2015.
This year’s iftar will be keenly watched for the presence of opposition leaders at a time when the Congress is positioning itself as the center of opposition unity ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.