Hil­lary, King Khan, Mit­tal... you name, City of Lakes have them all


DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SECOND FRONT PAGE - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent

Udaipur: The pre-wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions be­ing hosted by fam­i­lies of Isha Am­bani and Anand Pi­ra­mal, who will wed at a lav­ish cer­e­mony in Mum­bai, be­gan here on Satur­day with a host of celebri­ties and dig­ni­taries land­ing in the City of Lakes. The string of cel­e­bra­tions that are part of the Big Fat In­dian Wed­ding re­port­edly fea­ture per­for­mances by Amer­i­can singer Bey­once and In­dia’s cur­rent favourite voice, Ari­jit Singh.

While Ari­jit per­formed on Satur­day evening at the Oberoi Udaivi­las, which was the cen­tre of all ac­tion on the first day of the fes­tiv­i­ties, sources said the Grammy win­ner will per­form at the City Palace.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the Drunk in Love singer had reached the Lake City on Thurs­day and has been re­hears­ing there, while her crew reached on Satur­day. The stage is set in the pic­turesque back­drop of the Oberoi Udaivi­las Palace for her per­for­mance. Bey­once also re­port­edly did a sound check and pre­view per­for­mance in the noon. Some re­ports also hinted at per­for­mances by Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Jo­har be­ing part of the week­end cel­e­bra­tions in Udaipur.

Dozens of char­tered planes flew into the desert city with celebri­ties in­clud­ing for­mer US sec­re­tary of state Hil­lary Clin­ton. Se­cu­rity was beefed up as the high-pro­file guests started ar­riv­ing at the air­port.

The Clin­tons and the Am­ba­nis have an as­so­ci­a­tion that goes back more than 18 years and have met sev­eral times both in In­dia and abroad, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Then Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton held meetings in In­dia with the Am­ba­nis, in­clud­ing de­ceased founder and Mukesh’s fa­ther Dhirub­hai Am­bani, just be­fore and af­ter he left the pres­i­dency in 2000-2001.

In­dian steel mag­nate Lak­shmi Mit­tal, Ma­ha­rash­tra Chief Minister Deven­dra Fad­navis, cricket leg­end Sachin Ten­dulkar and new­ly­weds, ac­tress Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas were among the guests. New Delhi: The En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) car­ried out raids at the res­i­dence of Congress worker Jagdish Sharma, a close of aide of busi­ness­man Robert Vadra, on Satur­day. This was in con­tin­u­a­tion with Fri­day’s raids on the homes and of­fices of Vadra’s as­so­ciates Delhi and Ben­galuru in a money laun­der­ing case re­lated to an un­named de­fence deal.

Sharma’s in­volve­ment came to light a day af­ter the ED car­ried out raids at the premises of close as­so­ciates of Vadra, son-in-law of UPA Chair­per­son So­nia Gandhi, for al­legedly re­ceiv­ing money from de­fence sup­pli­ers, sources said. On Fri­day, the agency car­ried out raids at three places in Delhi and Ben­galuru. Sharma is be­ing ques­tioned in the same case that is linked to Vadra.

It was al­leged that be­sides re­ceiv­ing kick­backs for the deal, Sharma was in talks with the own­ers of a Hindi News chan­nel to buy the me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tion. “Robert Vadra is be­ing framed,” said Sharma, of UPA chair­per­son So­nia Gandhi’s son-in-law.

The Modi govt wants to trap Vadra. Searches are on at my res­i­dence. What will they get when there is noth­ing? They are tak­ing me to ED of­fice for ques­tion­ing Jagdish Sharma, close aide of Robert Vadra

(Clock­wise from top left) For­mer US Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton; ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan; ac­tress Priyanka Chopra and her hus­band Nick Jonas; Saudi Ara­bia’s Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih (left); for­mer In­dian crick­eter Sachin Ten­dulkar with wife, An­jali Ten­dulkar; and Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Ab­hishek Bachchan with wife-ac­tor Aish­warya Rai Bachchan ar­rive in Udaipur to at­tend pre-wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions of In­dia’s rich­est man Mukesh Am­bani’s daugh­ter Isha Am­bani on Satur­day

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