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Sonia Gandhi held her first iftar party in three years and the first after the party's dismal performance in the 2014 elections. According to a <em>PTI</em> report, Gandhi's Iftar saw the Congress president sharing a table with leaders of RJD and its new-found ally JD(U). As other newspaper <a href=http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/secular-friends-missing-at-iftar-party-sonia-finds-comfort-in-lalu-sharad/>reports have noted</a>, Lalu and Sharad Yadav were the only two prominent allies at Sonia's party. NCP chief Sharad Pawar was conspicuous by his absence. The Iftar was also attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Rahul it seems was in a mood to joke with reporters. An <em><a href=http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/secular-friends-missing-at-iftar-party-sonia-finds-comfort-in-lalu-sharad/>Indian Express</a></em> report noted that when Rahul told the Gadkari has denied that his house was bugged, Rahul jokingly asked, 'Are they saying we did it?' The <em>IE </em> report goes on to say that the attendance at Sonia's Iftar was telling about the Congress's political isolation, both in Parliament and outside. According to a <em><a href=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Bigwigs-skip-Sonia-Gandhis-iftar/articleshow/39131778.cms>Times of India</a> report </em> other allies who were missing included RLD's Ajit Singh and Abdullahs of National Conference. Nor were any leaders from SP or BSP present at the function. While Rahul was seated with diplomats, Singh was on a separate table with former Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi and cine star Sharmila Tagore among others. Sonia sought to seat Singh to her table where NCP leader Tariq Anwar was also seated, but the former Prime Minister went to his designated place.

Sonia Gandhi held her first iftar party in three years and the first after the party\'s dismal performance in the 2014 elections. According to a <em>PTI</em> report, Gandhi\'s Iftar saw the Congress president sharing a table with leaders of RJD and its new-found ally JD(U). As other newspaper <a href=http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/secular-friends-missing-at-iftar-party-sonia-finds-comfort-in-lalu-sharad/>reports have noted</a>, Lalu and Sharad Yadav were the only two prominent allies at Sonia\'s party. NCP chief Sharad Pawar was conspicuous by his absence. The Iftar was also attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Rahul it seems was in a mood to joke with reporters. An <em><a href=http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/secular-friends-missing-at-iftar-party-sonia-finds-comfort-in-lalu-sharad/>Indian Express</a></em> report noted that when Rahul told the Gadkari has denied that his house was bugged, Rahul jokingly asked, \'Are they saying we did it?\' The <em>IE </em> report goes on to say that the attendance at Sonia\'s Iftar was telling about the Congress\'s political isolation, both in Parliament and outside. According to a <em><a href=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Bigwigs-skip-Sonia-Gandhis-iftar/articleshow/39131778.cms>Times of India</a> report </em> other allies who were missing included RLD\'s Ajit Singh and Abdullahs of National Conference. Nor were any leaders from SP or BSP present at the function. While Rahul was seated with diplomats, Singh was on a separate table with former Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi and cine star Sharmila Tagore among others. Sonia sought to seat Singh to her table where NCP leader Tariq Anwar was also seated, but the former Prime Minister went to his designated place. [caption id=attachment_1637691 align=alignleft width=380 View full gallery
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