Reddys, a Rs 500 cr wedding and the BJP connect: What you need to know

Sources said some 50,000 people, including politicians and celebrities, have been invited for the wedding

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Mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy has returned to Bellary in Karnataka with a bang and is hosting an over Rs 500 crore lavish wedding of his daughter at the Bangalore Palace grounds on Wednesday. The details of the marriage have taken social media by storm at a time when the nation is scrambling for cash after the government’s demonetisation announcement.

The Bellary mining baron was arrested in 2011 on charges of illegally mining iron ore and was in prison for over three years. Reddy was also the state tourism minister in BS Yeddyurappa’s government before his arrest. Reddy is said to have minted Rs 5,000 crore through iron ore mining in Bellary. The criminal charges against Reddy relate to the Andhra Pradesh branch of the multi-billion dollar mining empire he runs with family and two brothers, popularly called the Bellary brothers.

Several reports suggested that various BJP leaders attended one of the functions despite a party diktat to not be associated with Reddy who is out on bail. India Today reported that a state BJP leaders attended the wedding functions with the upcoming elections in mind as both Janardshan Reddy Daughter and his confidante BSR Congress MLA Sreeramulu have a strong hold in the Bellary region and several parts of Hyderabad-Karnataka. The wedding is being touted as a ‘PR masterstoke’ to indicate that Gali Janardhan Reddy is back in the game.

From cards to venue, everything is larger than life at this extravagant wedding. However, Reddy is now embroiled in political storm as an activist has filed a complaint with the directorate general of income tax (investigations) questioning the extravagant nature of the wedding, Hindustan Times reported.

In the complaint, RTI activist T Narasimha Murthy said the arrangements have raised eyebrows as the comman man is standing in long queues to withdraw cash after demonetisation.

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