From PM Modi to Amitabh: 1 lakh VVIPs to flock at Mulayam's grand-nephew's 'tilak'

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Etawah, Feb 19: A few months after witnessing a star-studded Saifai Mahotsav, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's ancestral village (Saifai) in Etawah district is going to see another starry celebration on Saturday, Feb 21.

PM Modi, Big B to be Mulayam's guests
The "tilak" ceremony of Mulayam Singh's grandnephew Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, Lok Sabha member from Mainpuri, will be marked by VVIP guests ranging from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

Both PM Modi and mega star Amitabh Bachchan have confirmed their presence, officials said. Mulayam Singh had personally invited PM Modi for the ceremony.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will also attend the family function. Several other political bigwigs are going to be a part of the ceremony.

As per reports a staggering 1 lakh invites have been sent out for the pre-marriage ceremony in which two political families are from UP and Bihar are going to unite.

Saifai village, some 25 km from Etawah, is buzzing with frantic activity for the 'tilak' ceremony of Tej Pratap Singh Yadav who will marry Raj Laxmi, the youngest daughter of former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, Feb 26 in New Delhi.

Pakistani singer Adnan Sami, who recently participated in the Saifai Mahotsava, will croon this time too.

To oversee the preparations, Uttar Pradesh DGP AK Jain on Wednesday visited the native village of the SP chief as VVIPs are likely to bless the prospective groom, IG (Public Grievance) A Mutha Jain said in Lucknow.

As the Prime Minister and several of his ministerial colleagues are expected to take part in the ceremony, the DGP took stock of the preparations, the IG said. IG (Kanpur zone) and the range's DIG also accompanied the DGP, Jain said, adding, the DGP reviewed the security arrangements for the VVIP invitees, traffic and other details.

Meanwhile, in view of PM Modi's expected visit, his security team visited the venue yesterday and reviewed the arrangements.

"Though there is no official confirmation of the Prime Minister's visit, advance security teams of PM have reached Saifai, where Tilak ceremony is to be held. I have not yet received official programme of the PM," District Magistrate, Etawah, Nitin Bansal, said.

Also flying down to Saifai on Saturday are a string of Bollywood stars, singers, politicians, state and union cabinet ministers, chief ministers of other states and bureaucrats.

Special chefs camped in the native village of the Yadavs, offering mouth watering dishes which includes Gujarati food, traditional UP and Bihari food and also cuisine tailor-made for the Bollywood stars.

Special on the menu would be 'sarrata' (special sour raita), bedai, dahi-ke-aloo, baati-chokha, ulda poorie, paneer filled chola-bhature. Among the sweet delicacies are imarti, jalebi served with chilled rabri, sohan halwa, kulfi and moong ki daal ka halwa soaked in pure desi ghee.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from agencies)

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