New Delhi: BJP leader and former union
minister Shahnawaz Hussain today hosted an Iftar-cum-dinner
party which was attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
Vice-President Hamid Ansari and several Congress leaders.
The Prime Minister avoided all questions from the media
except the one about the impact the Civil Liability for
Nuclear Damages Bill 2010 would have once it is passed by
"Wait till it is passed," was his cryptic reply.
He did not respond to a question whether the government
would try to get the Bill passed in the current session of
Several Congress MPs, union ministers and Lok Sabha
Speaker Meira Kumar were also present at the Iftaar held at
the residence of Hussain.
Among the BJP leaders who attended the Iftaar were L K
Advani and Sushma Swaraj but the party`s President Nitin
Gadkari and the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha
Arun Jaitley did not make it.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister`s Office
Prithviraj Chavan, who is credited with having brought BJP on
board on the Civil Nuclear Bill, was one of the first guests
Minister for Minority Affairs Salman Kursheed attended
the Iftaar and was heard pulling the leg of Hussain for
"inviting more Congress leaders than BJP`s".
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was a popular guest
with several people jostling for his attention.
Hussain`s political adversaries in Bihar, RJD Chief Lalu
Prasad and LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan also made it to the
Iftaar as did Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.