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Iftar parties missing from Uttar Pradesh's political spectrum

By Kamna Hajela | Updated: Jun 04, 2019 13:42 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], June 04 (ANI): Contrary to their earlier practice, Congress and Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh have not hosted the traditional Iftar party this Ramzan apparently because of the severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections. 
Though nobody from the two parties came on record on the issue, sources said the mood in the parties was despondent in the wake of electoral defeat and was thus forced to give up the practice this year with the holy month coming to a close shortly.
The ruling BJP has always kept a distance from hosting any such gathering. Earlier, chief ministers from the BJP hosted Iftar parties in the state. However, when Yogi Adityanath came to power, he discontinued the tradition.
Known for its lavish Iftars, the Samajwadi Party organised the event at its headquarters in Lucknow every year irrespective of whether being in power or out of it. 
As chief minister, BSP supremo Mayawati also used to host Iftar parties every year in luxurious five-star hotels but after losing power she has dropped the custom.
Reacting to the same, Congress state spokesperson Zeeshan Haider said, "Congress has always been hosting Iftar party in a pre-plan manner but this time Ramzan clashed with elections and most of the leaders were busy in the polls campaigning and preparations. Also, things also changed after the announcement of results. Otherwise, there is no political reason."
The tradition of hosting Iftar parties is seen as a way of reaching out to the minority community.
Iftar is the meal which Muslims have to break a day-long fast (Roza) in the month of Ramzan. (ANI)