The BJP top brass has been directed to stay away from former Karanataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy's daughter's extravagant wedding in Bengaluru to keep in line with the Narendra Modi's campaign against black money, reported India Today.
The Centre's demonetisation move has led to mounting frustration among the common man due to the cash crunch and political backlash from the Opposition parties. The report added that many BJP ministers from Karnataka will not be attending the wedding so as not to cause any dent to the party's image.
According to News 18, Reddy was arrested on 5 September, 2011, in connection with cases of corruption and illegal mining. The cases are being investigated by the CBI and the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigating Team. After spending four years in jail, he was released on bail last year. His daughter's wedding is touted to be his big ticket to the party. The report added that he had personally invited former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and chief minister Siddaramaiah.
In fact, the lavish wedding has under the scanner of the Income Tax Department, reported The Indian Express. The report added: "The I-T department is monitoring the source of funds following reports that the wedding will cost more than Rs 100 crore, sources in the department said."
TS Sudhir writes for Firstpost: "Though it is very tough now for Reddy to make a return to active politics, it will be of interest to see how the political who's who of Karnataka responds to his invite...The only person who seems set to be part of the entire ceremony is Bellary MP of the BJP, B Sriramulu."