Extravagant Rs 5 bn wedding; IT complaint filed, high profile guests on wedding eve
Former Karnataka Minister G. Janardhan Reddy has been a subject of attention with his extravagant expenditure on his daughter’s wedding and has landed in trouble with a complaint filed in Income Tax Department questioning the extravagant nature of the wedding.
Reportedly, a RTI activist T Narasimha Murthy filed the complaint with the directorate general of income tax (investigations) and said the arrangements have already raised eyebrows, while ‘people are standing in long queues after the demonetisation’. He has asked for investigation in the extravagant nature of the wedding.
However, rumour mill has been claiming that Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) had issued statement to its ministers to avoid attending the lavish wedding, following the currency crunch being faced by public in the wake of demonetisation announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The reasoning was that it would cause embarrassment to the party.
But P Muralidhar Rao, BJP national general secretary told Hindustan Times that no official diktat had been issued by the party’s central leadership. “Why would the party get involved in someone’s private function? It is not a party function for us to issue any orders,” he said.
In the wake of such statement, BJP State president B.S. Yeddyurappa and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar were among the key guests which attended the wedding functions on Tuesday. The Hindu quoted its sources from state party unit saying that central leadership had “left it to the discretion” of the leaders.
The main ceremony of the multi-billion wedding has been scheduled for Wednesday and the curiosity is more on who will and who will not attend the much hyped wedding. The wedding is being held in Bengaluru Palace Grounds in the reconstructed grandeur of Vijayanagar empire, and the wedding invitation was gold-plated, with lcd screen showcasing a video from the family along with bride and groom. It has also been claimed that Bollywood stars would be performing in the wedding as well as many high profile guests are being awaited.
Reportedly, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister G. Parameshwara will not be attending the wedding, while former Minister M.H. Ambareesh and actor Yash attended the function on Tuesday.