New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's native village in Uttar Pradesh, Saifi is all decked up for the pre-wedding ceremony of Mulayam's grand-nephew Tej Pratap Yadav. Tej Pratap is marrying Raj Lakshmi, the daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad.
Both the families have already reached Saifai where the 'tilak' ceremony will be held today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh will be sharing the pre-wedding feast held in Saifai. The tilak ceremony is going to be held today while the wedding is schedule for February 26.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation is definitely grabbing eyeballs. As expected Modi will reach Saifai around 10 am on Saturday. Both Mulayam and Lalu have been bitter critics of Modi, so the invitation came as surprise for many.
Modi's one hour-long programme in Saifai on Saturday morning, his first visit to the Yadav belt, seems to have been made necessary because of nine ordinances that need the Opposition's support in Rajya Sabha for their enactment.
Other political invitees expected to reach Saifai are Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Janata Dal (Secular) chief and former Prime Minister Deve Gowda and Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik.
As far as political courtesies go, this is not the first time the personal Mulayam-Modi bonhomie will be on display. At Modi's swearing in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, BJP president Amit Shah had famously held Mulayam's hand and led him to the front row seats from where he was seated earlier. It may be possible that this wedding could play a big role.