Skull cap and Rahul Gandhi Iftar

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi hosted hosted his first ever Ifatr party after taking up the charge as the party leader on Wednesday.

The who’s who of Congress and the opposition marked their presence in the party.

The dinner saw the presence of former presidents Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil and vice-president Hamid Ansari.

What raised eyebrows was that within seconds Gandhi put off the cap that the workers made him wear, triggering allegations that he wore it just for photo-op.

Congress leaders like Randeep Singh Surjewala, Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and prominent actress Nafisa Ali attended the get-together at hotel in New Delhi.

Opposition leaders like DP Tripathy (NCP), Danish Ali (JD(S)), Manoj Jha (RJD), Dinesh Trivedi (TMC), Satish Chandra Mishra (BSP), Kanimozhi (DMK) and Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) were also present at the dinner.

The Congress President took to Twitter and said, “Good food, friendly faces and great conversation make for a memorable Iftar! We were honoured to have two former Presidents, Pranab Da & Smt Pratibha Patil ji join us, along with leaders from different political parties, the media, diplomats and many old & new friends.”

However, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi missed the party owing to her ongoing treatment abroad.

Other political parties too hosted Iftar. While RJD’s Tejshwi Yadav hosted an Ifatr in Patna, JDU too followed the suit. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi too hosted a party.

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