The party was organised at the presidential palace, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and attended by political leaders and special invitees.

Dignitaries who attended the Iftar party included Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed were also present at the occasion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipped the party to meet chief ministers of Northeastern states at his residence.

In his message, Mukherjee said, “Ramadan, a month of blessings and forgiveness reminds us of our duties towards the poor and less-privileged as well as the need for charity and generosity towards all.”

“Let us during this holy month pledge to spread love, affection and mutual trust among all. May the spirit of Ramadan instill in each one of us a sense of unity and pride in the composite culture of India,” he added.

The Ramadan Iftar meals were served after the call to prayer at sunset, which signifies the fast could be broken.

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