On Friday evening President Pranab Mukherjee hosted an Iftar party at Rashtrapati Bhavan which was attended by The other Vice President Hamid Ansari, Union Minister Arun Jaitley and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
The President conveyed Ramzan greetings to all on the occasion and urged everyone “to spread love, affection and mutual trust during this holy month,” an official statement said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was perceptible by his absence.
Mukherjee also expressed the hope that the spirit of Ramzan will instill in every Indian a sense of unity and pride in the composite culture of India.
Dignitaries who attended the Iftar also Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal besides Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sitaram Yechuri and Sheila Dixit and heads of diplomatic missions and senior officials and religious public leaders, the official release said.
BJP sources, however, said Prime Minister had a busy schedule as he was to be briefed about internal security situation by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and others.