PM Modi attends Mulayam's grand-nephew's 'tilak', more celebs on the list

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Etawah: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attended 'tilak' ceremony of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's grandnephew Tej Pratap Singh Yadav in later's ancestral Saifai village of Uttar Pradesh.

Sporting a white kurta-pajama and his trademark jacket, PM Modi was welcomed by Mulayam Singh and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav upon his arrival here. The PM reportedly departed from the venue after spending 20 minutes with the Yadav family members.

A team from the Prime Minister's Special Protection Group (SPG) had visited Saifai to asses the security scenario, a police official said, adding a rehearsal with an Indian Air Force (IAF) plane landing was also done at the village air strip.


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. VVIP guests ranging from PM Modi to Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan to industrialist Anil Ambani are part of the pre-wedding ceremony.

A staggering 100,000 invites have been sent out for the 'tilak' ceremony of Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, Lok Sabha member from Mainpuri, who will marry Raj Laxmi, the youngest daughter of former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, on February 26 in New Delhi.

Saifai village, some 25 km from Etawah, is buzzing with frantic activity for the ceremony and where mouthwatering dishes like bedai, baati-chokha and halwa soaked in desi ghee will be served.

A few months after witnessing a star-studded Saifai Mahotsav, Saifai, in Etawah district, is witnessing yet another starry celebration on today. The entire village has been decorated like a new bride to welcome some of country's most influential and powerful people.

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.

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