Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister of Minority Affairs, has planned to host an Iftaar party today in New Delhi. This is not a regular Iftaar party as he has specifically invited divorced women and their families to the feast. He is the only BJP minister to host an Iftaar party this year as the party’s ministers don’t normally host Iftaars. It is befitting that Naqvi hosts one as he is from the Muslim community as well.

In fact, President Ram Nath Kovind’s office last week announced that he would not host any party that is also a religious celebration, including Iftaar party.

Earlier, BJP MLA from Hyderabad Raja Singh made a controversial statement attacking the minority Muslim community by saying only those who are desperate for votes host Iftaar pParties. He had said “vote ke bhikaari” hold Iftar parties. However, police registered a case against him for hurting religious sentiments of Muslims.

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Congress head Rahul Gandhi is going to host Iftar party tomorrow at the Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi after a gap of a few years. He has invited former President Pranab Mukherjee and opposition parties leaders  from Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Trinamool Congress (TMC), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), National Conference, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Communist Party of India (Marxist).

This is not a regular Iftaar party as he has specifically invited divorced women and their families to the feast. He is the only BJP minister to host an Iftaar party this year as the party’s ministers don’t normally host Iftaar parties

On a public level, a few Muslim women in the capital city came together to host interfaith Iftaar parties in this month of Ramzan. While entrepreneur and author of Mothering a Muslim, Nazia Erum came up with the idea of Interfaith Iftaar parties, many women from all faiths joined in her thought. They have successfully held three Iftaar parties in the city this year. They also inculcated the idea of providing scholarship to underprivileged girls and so they also raise funds for it through these Iftaar parties.

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