New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday
hosted the customary "At Home" at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on
the occasion of Republic Day.
Over 2,000 guests were invited for the event held on the
sprawling lawns of the Mughal Garden.
The President along with her Indonesian counterpart and
chief guest of this year`s Republic Day Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono greeted the guests.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar were among the
dignitaries were present.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi was not present at the
Diplomatic corps including High Commissioner of Pakistan
Shaukat Aziz was seen chit-chatting with Army Chief General V
K Singh and newly appointed Minister of State for External
Affairs E Ahamed.
Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, whose rank is
equivalent to a Field Marshal, and the three services Chiefs
were also present.