Former president Pranab Mukherjee has not been invited to the Congress’s iftar party scheduled for this week. Even former vice-president Hamid Ansari is missing from the list of people called for the Congress event.
Those invited include all those who were called for Sonia Gandhi’s grand dinner from earlier this year; that dinner was seen as an attempt to stitch together a ‘grand alliance’ to take on the Narendra Modi and Amit Shah-led Bharatiya Janata Party.
Arivnd Kejriwal or his Aam Aadmi Party too do not figure on the list of the invitees of the iftar party. The iftar, which is being organised by the Congress’s minority wing, will take place in New Delhi’s Taj Palace hotel on June 13.
All the political parties who have been invited have been asked to send in their representatives if they cannot send top leaders considering that the invitations have gone out at the last minute.
Even though both Mukherjee and Ansari have not been invited to the Congress’s do, the lack of an invite to the former president will certainly raise eyebrows since it comes close on the heels of Mukherjee attending a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event at the organisation’s Nagpur headquarters.
The Congress had reacted with worry ahead of the former president’s speech at the RSS event but later blew a sigh of relief saying that Mukherjee had showing the right-group the “mirror of truth”.
It is not yet known who will show up at the Congress iftar party on June 13.