A WEDDING extravaganza, estimated to have cost about Rs 100 crore, organised by former BJP minister in Karnataka, Gali Janardhan Reddy, for his daughter concluded at the Palace Grounds in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, State Home Minister G Parameshwara, Energy Minister D K Shivakumar, Rural Development Minister H K Patil and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa were among the over 50,000 guests. However, some top BJP leaders who were considered close to Reddy before his arrest in the illegal mining cases in 2012 stayed away.
Ever since he was released on bail last year, Reddy has been actively involved in planning the wedding of his daughter, Brahmani Reddy, with Rajeev Reddy, son of Andhra Pradesh businessman Panyam Vikram Deva Reddy, who has mining interests in Africa.
The extravagant wedding, at a time when the BJP government has initiated a demonetisation exercise to flush out black money, came in for a lot of criticism. While there were reports that the BJP had asked its leaders to stay away from the wedding, former minister Suresh Kumar said, “It is a private function and there is no official directive on it.’’
Besides Yeddyurappa, former BJP ministers Laxman Savadi and Murugesh Nirani attended the reception on Tuesday. Governor Vajubhai Vala and ministers in the Congress government attended the wedding on Wednesday.
The lavish wedding has attracted the attention of Income Tax officials, who are set to question the former minister. Sources in the IT department said officials have already studied the costs incurred, and further investigations would be carried out.
Besides politicians, many film stars also made an appearance. While there were performances by Telugu stars like Rakul Preet, comedian Brahmanand and Kannada star Yash at the reception, others like Punith Raj Kumar, Ravichandran, Vishal Krishna, Suman, Sharath Babu were among the guests.
The wedding venue was designed to look like a scene from the Vijayanagar empire, designed by a film art director on 35 acres of land at the Bangalore Palace grounds. Guests were transported in bullock carts to the main venue.
Meanwhile, the Reddy family has claimed the wedding cost about Rs 30 crore. More events are likely to be held in Bellary over the coming days.