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Almost 30,000 guests, extravagant set for the wedding of Maharashtra BJP chief’s son

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Maharashtra chief is in the news for his son’s luxurious wedding these days. The wedding involved video invites exclusive sets and an affluent ceremony monitored by police using drone-mounted cameras. The ceremony saw appearances of almost 30,000 guests, including the state’s entire cabinet led by CM Devendra Fadnavis.

All the ministers attended the marriage ceremony of Raosaheb Danve’s son Santosh. Danve is an MLA from Bhokardan in the Marathwada region that has been affected by a drought for two years now.

Santosh tied the knot with the daughter of famous Marathi musician Rajesh Sarkate – Renu, at the Jabinda Estate lawns, in Aurangabad. Notably, a group of art directors created a wedding set similar to a medieval-era palace.

The food served to the guest included cuisines from all over India, along with Chinese dishes. “We were all waiting for the last two years… when will Santosh get married,” said Fadnavis to the gathering from the stage.

Reportedly, roads in the city were also blocked for the wedding. The gala celebration received criticism from social activist Anjali Damania, who asked the source of funds. “I am wondering where the money for such a lavish wedding comes from?” she asked as per a report in HT.

The arrangements for the wedding was no less than the marriage ceremony of Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari’s daughter in Nagpur, wherein at least 10 chartered or special flights with VIPs were flown into the town in December. From Yoga guru Ramdev to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, all were seen at the wedding of Gadkari’s daughter.

Recently, Andhra Pradesh mining baron Gali Janardan Reddy was in the headlines for spending Rs 500 crore on his daughter’s wedding. The affluent show of wealth caught the attention of tax officials who asked Reddy to clarify the expenses.

Danve dispersed a video invites for Santosh’s wedding that showed the would-be couple romancing on the song Love Me Again. The video clip which was posted by Santosh on Facebook, has been viewed over 44,000 times and shared by many.

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