After reports highlighted the extravagance of the wedding, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s office has issued a clarification, telling news agency ANI that there will not be 50 chartered flights for the VVIPs at the wedding.
Gadkari’s office claims that the news is “mischievous and incorrect”. The news agency also spoke to the ATC at Nagpur, which says that only “ten non- scheduled flights have landed at Nagpur airport in the last 24 hours.”
Only ten non- scheduled flights have landed at Nagpur airport in the last 24 hours, according to the ATC Nagpur airport.— ANI (@ANI_news) December 4, 2016
Maharashtra though has about 28 airports out of which the Akola, Amravati and Chanda airports are for general aviation and are close to Nagpur too.
Earlier, according to report in The Hindustan Times, over 10,000 guests will make their way to New Delhi in 50 chartered flights tonight.
The VVIP guest-list will take some beating. It has Union Minister Rajnath Singh, the BJP President Amit Shah and industrialists Mukesh Ambani, Kumar Mangalam Birla and Ratan Tata. Shiv Sena and MNS chiefs, Uddhav and Raj Thackeray will also be present at the ceremony as will BJP’s LK Advani and Chief Ministers and other Union ministers.
The report mentions that tickets to flights to or from Nagpur are not available for today, and weren’t available yesterday either.
Making up the grand list of guests are RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat, Congress VP Rahul Gandhi, the CM of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan from Bollywood and the NCP’s Sharad Pawar.
Gadkari’s daughter Ketki is marrying Aditya, the son of Sandhya and Ravindra Kaskhedikar from Nagpur. Aditya works with social networking giant Facebook.