BJP president Nitin Gadkari hosted the who’s who of the political class at the wedding reception of his son Sarang at a five-star hotel in the capital on Monday night.
The reception saw bigwigs turning up well before others stormed in. Senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley followed by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar were among the early comers at the function.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who visited for nearly six minutes, was also among those who turned up early. NDA convenor Sharad Yadav and senior party leader L K Advani also arrived early. Later, leaders from different parties started pouring in at the hotel.
BJP Chief Ministers like Narendra Modi from Gujarat, Chhattisgarh CM, Raman Singh, Himachal CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, Karnataka CM D V Sadanand Gowda, Goa CM Manohar Parrikar were among others at the reception.
Modi remained the centre of attraction till he was present at the reception. He was surrounded by media and other leaders from across party lines for most of the time at the reception. From the Congress Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan and Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit were present at the occasion.
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam also graced the occasion and presented the newly wedded couple two copies of his latest book, Turning Points: A journey Through Challenges.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Hero group MD Pawan Munjal, Essar Group Chairman Shashi Ruia and Sahara’s Subrata Roy were among others present.
Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam with NDA convenor Sharad Yadav at the reception.
A large number of UPA ministers and senior Congress leaders were also present. Among them were Vilasrao Deshmukh, Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay, political secretary to Sonia Gandhi Ahmed Patel, Defence Minister A K Antony, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanswamy, junior minister in commerce ministry Jyotiraditya Scindia, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.
However, very few celebrities from B-town graced the occasion. Those who turned up were associated with political parties with the party.
Vinod Khanna, Smriti Irani, Hema Malini and Poonam Dhillon were prominent among those from Bollywood.