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Why President Ram Nath Kovind will not host Iftar at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Ram Nath Kovind, who assumed office last July, decided not to use Rashtrapati Bhavan for any religious observance.

ANI  |  New Delhi 

FILE PHOTO: President Ram Nath Kovind (Photo: PTI)

President will not host an party this year, in accordance with his decision to not observe any religious functions inside Rashtrapati Bhawan on taxpayer expense.

Kovind, who assumed office last July, decided not to use for any religious observance.

"After the President took over the office, he decided there would be no religious celebrations or observances in a public building such as on taxpayer expense," Press Secretary to President Ashok Malik told ANI.

"President Kovind did not celebrate any religious festivities such as Diwali, Christmas and Holi though he wished all fellow citizens on every major religious festival since he assumed office last July," he added.

He further said that the decision is in keeping with the principles of a secular state and applies to all religious occasions, irrespective of religion.

Hosting party was resumed when Pratibha Patil became president. Her successor continued the tradition.

is the evening meal with which Muslims break their fast at sunset during month.

First Published: Thu, June 07 2018. 11:30 IST