Former Karnataka minister G Janardhana Reddy appears to have pulled out all the stops to organise a lavish wedding for his daughter, going to the extent of recreating the 16th century Vijayanagara palace.
A model of the palace will be built at the Bengaluru Palace Grounds for the November 16 wedding. The Bellary mining baron, who is an accused in several money laundering cases, has also constructed a replica of the Tirumala temple at the ground.
While guests were allowed to enter the wedding venue on Monday, an army of private security personnel prowled the compound to ensure that nobody clicked photographs of the sets, believed to have been designed by Bollywood art directors.
Local media is abuzz with rumours that Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will perform at a wedding function on Tuesday but the claim could not be confirmed.
However, there are already voices of dissent emerging with state health and family welfare minister KR Ramesh Kumar stating that he will not attend the wedding. Kumar had tabled a private member’s Bill in the state assembly seeking to discourage lavish weddings.
The Reddy brothers have so far remained tight lipped over the matter despite repeated queries.
Eyebrows have been raised over the extravagant nature of the wedding, especially due to the fact that Janardhana is currently out on bail in graft cases. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, however, downplayed the opposition to the grand affair, stating it was for the I-T department to look into the matter.