In a city that is used to plush weddings hosted by the rich and powerful,Delhi will witness one of the biggest weddings of the season,but this one involves the family of a political leader who is widely known to be austere and shuns any show of opulence.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjees nephew,Abhishek,will tie the knot with long-time friend,Delhi-based Jasmeet,at a gurdwara in South Delhi followed by a cocktail-cum-dinner at a five-star hotel in Vasant Kunj on Friday and another reception on Saturday. A huge langar has been arranged at the gurdwara.
The event has created quite a buzz in Delhis political circles for its sheer scale and accompanying pomp. Starting with a formal engagement and sangeet ceremony on Wednesday,the celebrations are spread over four days. Guests have been flown in from Kolkata and put up at a five-star hotel. Wednesdays function was organised at a five-star hotel in Delhi,a stones throw from North Block,where Mamata met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to discuss,informally,Bengals dwindling financial health. Mamata left Delhi Thursday afternoon.
The national president of Trinamools youth wing,Abhishek,who is Mamatas brothers son,is busy organising the partys first youth convention in April. He also manages the partys official Twitter handle and is regarded as the partys only entrant from Mamatas immediate family.
While Trinamool leaders are tightlipped about the function,it is learnt that party MP Derek OBrien is coordinating the event as a friend and mentor of Abhishek. All Trinamool MPs have been invited but nobody has been invited from the Congress. Some of Mamatas aides from the Railway Ministry have also been invited.
The invite had five cards of different colours for the various functions accompanied by a box of Swiss chocolates of different flavours. Mamatas name was not on the card. Sources said all arrangements have been made by the brides family.
Delhi Police sources said they have not been told about any high-ranking politician attending the functions at Vasant Kunj.