Following speculations over whether former Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa will attend the wedding of the daughter of controversial mining baron and an MLC and Minister in the BJP government under the rule of Yeddyurappa, Gali Janardana Reddy, the former CM had made an appearance at the grand wedding venue at Bengaluru Palace Grounds.
However, Yeddyurappa confirmed that he would be skipping the main wedding ceremony, amid controversies, resulted citing that at time when most of the citizen in the country are standing in long queues to exchange their banned Rs 500 and Rs 1000 and grab hold of new currency notes, the extravagant use of money in the former BJP MLC’s daughter’s wedding seems contrasting.
With more than 20.000 invitees, the nine-day long wedding ceremony of Brahmani, the daughter of the mining baron, accused in an estimated Rs 3000 crore illegal mining scam, saw extravagant lightning and rich presentations. The wedding V N Sudhakaran, the adopted son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, in 1995, was seemingly a similar wedding spoken much about in the Southern part of the country because of its rich extravagance.
Stating that the huge outflow of money in the cause of the wedding can’t be from legal sources, a social activist had filed a complaint with the IT department against the controversial BJP leader. The activist, T Narasimha Murthy, mentioned in his complaint, “When people standing in long queues for the exchange of their currency… the income tax officials are raiding the place of only small and common people… but ignoring the virtual palace constructed for this marriage.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, on November 8, initiated the demonetisation policy, following which there had been a ban on Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes, replacing them with new currency notes. The note-ban policy by the central government had brought in a chaotic situation among the common people, with many standing in long queues to save their currency notes from converting into useless pieces of papers.