Arvind proves party-pooper at Shah son’s wedding
The reason, about 1,000 km away in the national Capital, AK-67 had halted the saffron party’s victory march which was led by none other than Amit Shah but despite his best efforts he could only save three of his men, the blushes. The decimation of the party was beyond their worst nightmares. The exit polls were way off target, and the master tactician cut a sorry figure.
“Understandably, it is a quiet affair,” a wedding guest had told media persons. Yes, the mood was sombre at the venue at Jay Shah’s wedding as the writing on the wall had become clear that BJP is terribly losing the Delhi Assembly polls to the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The Delhi election results severely dented the mood at the nuptial ceremonies of Jay, Amit Shah’s son. Jay was engaged to Rishika on July 13, 2014 after May 14, 2014 General Elections where BJP rode the Modi wave to oust the Grand Old Party of India. Just a few days before the engagement, Shah had taken over as the party president and was credited to have crafted saffron victories in Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and to an extent in Jammu and Kashmir, where the BJP emerged as the second largest party winning 25 seats.
If BJP would have clinched Delhi, the mood at the Jay Shah wedding party would have been celebratory. Guests at the event included L K Advani, and Union ministers such as Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, J P Nadda , Piyush Goyal, and Rajiv Pratap Rudy. Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel and several members of her cabinet attended the wedding too. As did notables of the corporate world like Mukesh and Nita Ambani and Gautam and Priti Adani. Also present were Baba Ram Dev and top RSS leaders like Suresh Soni, and VHP leader Ashok Singhal and a number of other VVIP guests from across the country. Fourteen chartered flights brought the guests into the city for the event.
Shah, however, appeared somewhat downcast. A close family member said, “Since morning he was looking upset. Earlier a grand Varghodo (a baraat dance) and a firecracker show had been planned before the wedding. But they were called off.” He said that the baarat directly went to the venue. “There were no big celebrations after the wedding either and we returned home,” he said.