Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invited his council of ministers for dinner at his residence, which was the first such event after he took over in May this year.
The dinner followed a meeting of the Union Cabinet, which recommended promulgation of ordinance to the President to resolve pending issues after SC quashed allocation of coal blocks.
Heavy industries minister Anant Geete also attended the dinner, even as his party, the Shiv Sena, kept the BJP in suspense about joining the government in Maharashtra.
A source said the PM had planned such a dinner meeting with his Cabinet colleagues immediately after his US visit, but it could not happen since he got busy with the assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana. “Today was the best time to celebrate Diwali and the BJP’s victory in the polls,” a minister said.