Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will not be attending the G20 gala dinner being hosted by President Droupadi Murmu, on the opening day of the G20 Summit in New Delhi on Saturday, official sources said.
However, no specific reason has been cites for his absence from the dinner, which will include all cabinet and state ministers, chief ministers and secretaries to the Government Of India.
Chief Ministers Nitish Kumar, Hemant Soren, Mamata Banerjee, MK Stalin, Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann, on the other hand, have confirmed their attendance. However, chief ministers of Congress-ruled states of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan are unlikely to be present. While Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has officially communicated that he would not be attending the gala dinner citing ‘pre-engagement’, there is no confirmation yet about Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s presence at the dinner.
Among others, former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda have also conveyed to the central government about their inability to attend the dinner due to health reasons.
The event’s host, President Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar with his wife Sudesh Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Ram Nath Kovind, and former Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will join the dinner party.
CABINET MINISTERS: Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, S Jaishankar, Arjun Munda, Smriti Irani, and Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Pralhad Joshi.
UNION MINISTERS: Narayan Rane, Sarbananda Sonowal, Virendra Kumar, Giriraj Singh, Jyotiraditya Nath Sindhiya, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Pashupati Kumar Paras, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Kiran Rijiju, Rajkumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Mansukh Mandaviya, Bhupendra Yadav, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Purushotam Rupala, G Kishan Reddy, and Anurag Thakur.
MINISTER OF STATE: Rao Indrajeet Singh, Jitendra Singh, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Shripad Yasho Naik, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Prahlad Singh Patel, Ashwini Kumar Chaubey, Vijay Kumar Singh, Krishna Pal Gurjar, Rao Sahab Patil, Ramdas Athavale ,Sadhvi Niranjana Jyoti, Sanjiv Kumar Baliyan, Nityanand Rai, Pankaj Chaudhari, Anupriya Patel SP Singh Baghel, Rajiv Chandrashekhar, Shobha karandalaje, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Darshana Jardosh, V. Muraleedharan, Meenakshi Lekhi, Som Prakash, Renuka Singh, Rameswar Teli, Kailash Chaudhary, Annpurna Devi, A Narayan Swami, Kaushal Kishor, Ajay Bhatt, BL Verma, Ajay Kumar Mishra, Debu Singh Chauhan, Bhagwat Khuba, Kapil Moreshwar Patil, Pratima Bhaumik, Subhash Sarkar, Bhagwat Krishna Rao Karad ,Rajkumar Ranjan Singh ,Bhartiya Pravin Pawar, Bisheshwar Tudu, Sukant Thakur, Mahendra Bhai, John Barla, Dr Ilmurugan, Nisith Pramanik.
CHIEF MINISTERS: Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Arunachal Pradesh C M Pema Khandu, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Goa CM Pramod Sawant, Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, Manipur CM N. Biren Singh, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, Mizoram CM Zoramthanga, Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Puducherry CM Rangaswami, Punjab CM Bhagwan Singh Mann, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot Sikkim CM PS Golai, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao, Tripura CM Manik Shah, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Uttrakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
CAG of India Girish Chandra Murmu, Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla, NSA Ajit Doval, Delhi LG VK Saxena and G20 Sharepa Amitabh Kant will also attend.
However, leaders from other political parties, including Congress president and leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, have not been invited.
The dinner will be held at the multi-function hall of the revamped India Trade Promotion Organisation Complex, Bharat Mandapam in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. Muktesh Pardeshi, who is heading the operations and logistics for the two-day summit, told NDTV that along with the dinner, the dignitaries will also get to witness a short cultural programme.
(With inputs from ANI)