Patna, Dec 3: Two months after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar gave a clarion call to fight against social evils like dowry and favoured a simple wedding, his deputy Sushil Modi followed it in true letter and spirit.
Sushil Modi's son Utkarsh, who has an MBA degree and is working with a multi-national company in Bangalore, on Sunday tied the nuptial knot with Yamini, a Kolkata-based Chartered Accountant at a simple wedding here where there was no band, baaja or baraat.
Incidentally, there was no lunch or dinner reception for the invited guests. A food packet containing four ladoos (a sweet) was handed over to each of those who graced the occasion. No wedding card was printed.
The wedding invitation, sent through social media (WhatsApp, Twitter) requested the guests to avoid bringing any gifts.
A special counter was set up for those who wanted to give an undertaking that they supported a dowry-less marriage and would emulate it in their family. Another counter was for those who wanted to donate an organ.
But the most noticeable moment was the presence of former chief minister Lalu Prasad who exuded warmth, hugged his bete noire Sushil Modi and blessed the newly wed couple. "Dher saara aashirwad hai dono ko. (Lots of blessings to the new couple)," said Lalu.
Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar, Radha Mohan Singh and Ram Vilas Paswan, along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, attended the wedding and blessed the couple.
West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi, along with his Bihar counterpart Satya Pal Malik, too, graced the occasion.
Modi's son ties the knot in a simple ceremony