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Pranab, Pratibha Patil, Manmohan attend Rahul's Iftar party

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Days after a row erupted over his address at the RSS headquarters, former today broke bread with at an party hosted by the here.

Among the prominent personalities included Mukherjee's predecessor Pratibha Patil and former Manmohan Singh, besides former vice besides a host of opposition leaders.

While top opposition leaders were conspicuous by their absence, middle-rung leaders of many parties were at the hosted at a local luxury hotel. No of attended it.

This is the first hosted by Gandhi as

Among other leaders included CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury, BSP's Satish Chandra Misra, TMC's and DMK's Kanimozhi.

Breakaway JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, JD(S) leader Danish Ali, JMM's Hemant Soren, NCP's DP Tripathy, RJD's Manoj Jha, Badruddin Ajmal, RLD's Mehrajuddin also attended the party.

"Good food, friendly faces and great conversation make for a memorable Iftar! We were honoured to have two former Presidents, and ji join us, along with leaders from different political parties, the media, diplomats and many old and new friends," Gandhi said on after the Iftar.

was seen conversing with Gandhi and exchanging pleasantries with him and several other senior leaders.

There was considerable disquiet in the Congress after accepted the invitation of the RSS to address its workers at its headquarters in

After much consternation, the party however, later complimented him for his speech for showing the mirror of truth that carried lessons on pluralism and secularism to the Sangh.

Gandhi came along with Mukherjee and while the former president left after sometime, the Congress offered to drop him back but Mukherjee politely refused.

Besides pleasantries and photo ops, the short conversation at Gandhi's table revolved around the prime minister's fitness video put out by him on this morning.

Gandhi described it as "ridiculous" and "bizarre" and asked Yechury to put out his own fitness video in return, as he poked fun at the

Earlier, leaders of some opposition parties met at a different location to discuss possibilities of a larger alliance.

Kanimozhi later said, "Everyone wants alliances but today's meeting was a courtesy meeting."

Also present at the Iftar were a large gathering of diplomats, especially from the Islamic countries, including the of to

was not present as she is currently abroad on a media check up.

Top Congress leaders including many former ministers and governors and ex-central ministers were present. These included Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ambika Soni, Janardan Dwivedi, Anand Sharma, Veerappa Moily, Jairam Ramesh, Mukul Wasnik, KV Thomas, Shivraj Chouhan, PJ Kurien and former chief ministers Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 22:40 IST
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