A huge replica of Mysore Palace and Akshardham Temple has been created in the eight acre Rajadhani Gardens in Thiruvananthapuram. It would be surprising to know that this is not an extravagant set for a Bollywood movie, although it resembles one. This is the venue of yet another big fat high-profile wedding, this time that of former minister Adoor Prakash’s son and businessman Biju Ramesh’s daughter.
The capital is all set to witness this humongous wedding celebration, where money has been spent in an unthrifty manner for various arrangements that includes a lavish stage, security systems for VVIPs, a generous menu spread with more than 25 live counters, and much more.
The irony of the situation, however, is that a hefty amount is being spent for the entire ceremony at a time when demonetisation has grasped the economy and people are spending hours standing in queues to withdraw the limited amount that can be withdrawn from an account on daily basis. The apex bank had also announced that Rs 2.5 lakhs can only be withdrawn from banks for wedding purposes, that too with a number of strict guidelines such as that the amount can be withdrawn only from the credit balance as on November 8, 2016 – the day demonetisation was announced, the cash withdrawn should be used only to make payment to those persons who do not have bank accounts and the names of such recipients should be mentioned while applying for withdrawal of the cash, the application for withdrawal should also provide names of bride and groom, their identity proofs, addresses and date of marriage, and the amount can be withdrawn only if the date of marriage is on or before December 30, 2016.