New Delhi, July 29 (): BJP has in the capital done away with Iftaar parties. Breaking away from the tradition of PM and other ministers in the capital hosting Iftaar parties that is said to be connecting with Muslims, Modi deviated from the policy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who used Congress tactics to reach out to Muslims.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi neither hosted an Iftaar feast nor attended one. Modi stayed away from President Pranab Mukherjee’s Iftaar party last week, and so did other BJP ministers. The only exception being Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla who attended the President’s Iftaar.
Naqvi BJP VP and Heptuallah has never hosted an Iftaar party. BJP leader and ex-Union Minister Hussain who hosted Iftaar for the past 15 years did not do this year.
In 1999, when BJP came to power, then PM Vajpayee told Hussain to organize Iftaar party every year. However this year, he gave no reason to break the yearly ritual. Vajpayee came for the Hussain’s party till he was well and sometimes Manmohan Singh too dropped in.
BJP ally LJP‘s Ram Vilas Paswan and Union Minister hosted a Iftaar party at Patna. It has to be seen whether Diwali Milan hosted by Murli Manohar Joshi takes place this year.
The situation in BJP-ruled states is different. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje hosted an Iftaar party where Anjuman Dargah functionaries attended. MP CM Chouhan too hosted a Iftaar party. BJP state units in Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal and Bihar too organized Iftaar while Gujarat, UP, Telangana, AP, Kerala, Uttarkhand and Chattisgarh gave Iftaar a miss.
Sonia Gandhi who did not host Iftaar for the past three years citing many reasons like natural calamities held a Iftaar this time and it saw all Congress heavyweights but many other opposition parties kept away and only Lalu Prasad and Sharad Yadav who are to join Congress in a fight against BJP in Bihar by-polls were present.