Tycoon Hosts Big, Fat Indian Wedding Amid Cash Crunch
BANGALORE, India, , (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Nov, 2016 ) - A controversial Indian mining tycoon has taken over a royal palace and flown in Brazilian dancers at a reported cost of $75 million to celebrate his daughter's wedding on Wednesday,as the country reels from a cash crisis.
Up to 50,000 people are expected at the sprawling Bangalore Palace, a mock Tudor castle in southern India, to celebrate the wedding of Gali Janardhan Reddy's daughter, who was married in a Hindu ceremony earlier in the day.
Local media criticised the extravagance at a time when many Indians are struggling to find the cash to eat after the government's shock move to pull high-value notes out of circulation in a bid to tackle tax evasion.
But one associate defended the lavish expenditure, saying Reddy wanted people to remember the wedding of his only daughter. "It is unfortunate that a daughter's wedding has been made an issue out of envy and rivalry," Manju Swamy told AFP ahead of the party.