New Delhi: A day after Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury refused to attend the banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan in honour of US President Donald Trump, sources at the Congress said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad will also not attend the banquet on February 25. Also Read - For Donald Trump's Banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Invitation Sent to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
The refusal to attend the banquet comes as a mark of protest from the party leaders as Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi was not invited to attend the dinner party hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind in honour of US President Donald Trump. Also Read - President Kovind hosts banquet for his Seychelles counterpart
As per updates from the party, Manmohan Singh had earlier accepted the invitation but expressed his inability to attend the same on Monday. However, Manmohan Singh has conveyed his regret to the President’s office for not being able to attend the banquet.
On Monday, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said he will skip the President’s banquet in protest over the party’s top leaders not being extended an invitation.
“Trump is coming here. India will host a grand dinner for him but the Opposition is not invited. Why Sonia Gandhi ji is not invited for dinner with Trump. In Howdy Modi event, both Republican and democrats shared the stage but here only Modi will be with Trump. What kind of democracy is this?” Chowdhury told ANI.
He also raised question over the need of spending crores of rupees for welcoming the US President just for 36 hours.
“What is the need to spend crore of rupees from the government’s treasury. People living in slums are being forced to hide or shift in order to make Trump happy. Is this the right behaviour?. Gujarat was developed by Modi as a model for others but poor are being exploited there. We will protest against Modi government,” he said.