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Mamata to skip nephew’s ‘grand wedding’ today

The event has created quite a buzz in Delhi’s political circles for its sheer scale and accompanying pomp.

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 Banerjee’s 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 Delhi’s 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. Wednesday’s function was organised at a five-star hotel in Delhi,a stone’s throw from North Block,where Mamata met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to discuss,“informally”,Bengal’s dwindling financial health. Mamata left Delhi Thursday afternoon.

The national president of Trinamool’s youth wing,Abhishek,who is Mamata’s brother’s son,is busy organising the party’s first youth convention in April. He also manages the party’s official Twitter handle and is regarded as the party’s only entrant from Mamata’s immediate family.

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While Trinamool leaders are tightlipped about the function,it is learnt that party MP Derek O’Brien 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 Mamata’s 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. Mamata’s name was not on the card. Sources said all arrangements have been made by the bride’s family.

Delhi Police sources said they have not been told about any high-ranking politician attending the functions at Vasant Kunj.

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