New Delhi, June 10: After a gap of two years, the Congress will be hosting an Iftar party on June 13. This will be the first time that the Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be hosting an Iftar party after assuming the top post. The party will be held either at the Taj Palace or Ashoka Hotel. “The Iftar will begin around 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday,” Congress Minority Department Vice Chairman Manish R. Shah said.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Sunday held an Iftar Party. DPCC President Ajay Maken and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit graced the event organised by the Committee.

The Congress move comes a few days after the Rashtrapati Bhavan decided not to host an Iftar this year, with President Ram Nath Kovind stating that there should no religious observance at taxpayer’s expense at the public building.

Last time when the Congress held an Iftar party was in 2015 by the party’s then President, Sonia Gandhi. When the Congress was in power, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh used to host the Iftar party. The Iftar, coming at a time when the opposition is aiming for an anti-BJP alliance ahead of the 2019 general elections, is expected to see a host of leaders from all opposition parties and of all faiths.

The party, if pasts trends are considered, invited leaders of all faiths and diplomats, reported a news channel.

(With agency inputs)