Political leaders from across the entire spectrum will be present at Monday's Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Election Commission to pay tribute to the services of an institution that has strived to keep the purity of the election process in the world's largest democracy.
President Pratibha Patil will kick off the year-long celebrations at a function here to commemorate the institution that was established a day before India became Republic on January 26, 1950.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, BJP President Nitin Gadkari, senior BJP leader L K Advani, Left leaders Prakash Karat and A B Bardhan besides several Union ministers will be present on the occasion.
Vice President Hamid Ansari and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will also attend the function. Nearly 40 heads of electoral bodies from across the globe, majority of them from the Commonwealth countries, including South Asian nations, have been invited.