Several senior political leaders and celebrities descended on
Nagpur for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari's
son Nikhil's grand wedding reception.
Nikhil, 26, married Rutuja, 22, daughter of Purushottam and
Shubhangi Pathak, Thursday.
However, President Pratibha Patil, Congress president Sonia
Gandhi, son Rahul Gandhi, opposition leader Sushma Swaraj, both
the Ambani brothers, the top brass of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Sangh (RSS) and other bigwigs skipped the bash held Friday night,
official sources said.
Among those who attended were BJP veteran L.K. Advani, Gujarat
Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda,
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Rajya Sabha opposition
leader Arun Jaitley, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav
Thackeray, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray,
former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and former BJP
chief Rajnath Singh.
Bollywood celebrities including Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha,
Anupam Kher and Kirron Kher also were present at the reception.
There was a massive air traffic jam over Nagpur since Friday
afternoon till Saturday morning as scores of VVIPs were flying in
and leaving after attending the wedding reception.
According to sources, at a point in time, 30 aircraft were seen
hovering over the Nagpur sky. In total, there were around 50
chartered flights coming to and going out of Nagpur, several of
which had to be routed to Jalgaon, Akola and Amravati for parking.
All regulars flight to and from Nagpur were disrupted,
inconveniencing common passengers as their flights were delayed by
The reception hall was decorated with thousands of white roses and
orchids while soft instrumental music played in the background.
Purely vegetarian food was served on the occasion.
Many other weddings in and around Nagpur were badly affected as
highways and roads leading to Nagpur were jammed with thousands of
invitees proceeding towards the Reshimbag ground in the old city
quarters, where political rallies and exhibitions are held. The
general wedding reception for over 2 lakh people is being held
there Saturday evening.
More than 2 lakh people have been invited from the entire Vidarbha
region and Nagpur. Several party workers have also been called to