Family speaks out on Guptagate

May 1 - Weddings in the Gupta family are a lavish affair. eNCA senior political reporter, Hajra Omarjee looks at the history of the Guptas in South Africa and India.
The happy couple Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia take part in the first wedding ceremony. Marida Fitzpatrick/YOU

SUN CITY -  The Guptas had nothing to do with the plane saga and is carrying on with the festivities in full fervour of the first marriage of this generation in the family.

Family spokesman Haranath Ghosh said it was an arrangement between the Indian High Commission and the South African government. 

"This was supposed to be a private wedding and we were highly obliged to Vega’s father, Anil Kumar Gupta, to choose South Africa as venue for the wedding," said Ghosh.

"It was always going to be a high profile wedding with lots of celebrities [and] politicians taking part in the function.

"The plane landing issue just seems to be driven by desperate journalists keen to write without consideration of the facts," he said. 

Guptagate has had little effect on Vega Gupta and  Aakash Jahajgarhia who are said to be enjoying each moment with their families.

"The couple seemed quite happy during the special emotional and entertaining performances of Vega’s siblings and other family members," said Ghosh.

"As mentioned by Bollywood singer Kailash Kher during his performance, ‘they seem to be pretty occupied with each other which is first signs of love’."

Vega said she is lucky to have very caring parents and three doting maternal uncles and loving siblings who are going out of their way to make this wedding a memorable one.

"I couldn’t have asked for more for my marriage,” she said.

The final ritual of exchange of garlands and bows will take place tomorrow after which the couple will be announced husband and wife.

This will be followed by wedding reception where international dance troupes from Brazil and  Russia will perform alongside actors and celebrities from Bollywood.

Top Bollywood singers like Shankar, Ehsaan Loy, Kailash Kher, Sonu Nigam and Manasi Scott would be performing.

World-renowned choreographer Shiamak Davar is responsible for the choreography.




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