After a gap of two years, the Congress has decided to hold Iftar on June 13 with party President Rahul Gandhi playing host to a galaxy of leaders who are likely to attend the event.
For Rahul Gandhi this will be the first occasion to host an Iftar since he took charge as the Congress chief
“Iftar will be held on June 13 at Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi,” Congress’ Minority Cell chief Nadeem Javed said.
The party did not hold Iftar, which marks the customary breaking of the daylong fast in the holy month of Ramzan, during the past two years and its last Iftar was in 2015. The then Congress president Sonia Gandhi had hosted the feast at that time.
The party conventionally invites leaders of all faiths to the event as also top diplomats.
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 centre of opposition unity ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The party’s decision to resume Iftar comes days after President Ram Nath Kovind decided to discontinue the feast traditionally held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.