No Iftar party will be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan

No Iftar programs will be held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Current President Ramnath Kovind took charge from July 25, 2017, he had ordered that no religious event will be held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan on government expenditure.

On the festival of any religion, the President will send greetings to the countrymen, but the money of tax payers will not be used for celebrating or organizing the festival of any religion in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

That iftar would be discontinued was clear when Diwali celebrations did not take place last year and so was Christmas carols. On Diwali, the Rashtrapati Bhavan was lit with multi-coloured LED bulbs.

“After the president took over office, he decided there would be no religious celebrations or observances in a public building such as Rashtrapati Bhavan on taxpayer expense. This is in keeping with the principles of a secular state and applies to all religious occasions, irrespective of religion,” said Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to the president.

He said the president of course wishes all fellow citizens on every major religious festivals.

This is happening after almost a decade that there will be no Iftar party at the President’s house. Iftar parties have been traditionally hosted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan except during the tenure of A P J Abdul Kalam, who was the president from 2002-2007, officials said.

After Kalam demitted office, Iftar was resumed when Pratibha Patil succeeded him. Pranab Mukherjee, her successor, also continued the tradition till 2017.