Bapu's kin's wedding at MEG Centre sparks row

It is probably for the first time that a civilian event of this nature is happening at the Centre. She will tie the nuptial knot during a two-day ceremony beginning on October 10.

Although some army jawans indicated that they were being asked to work to make the event a grand success, officials at the MEG Centre maintained that the personnel were not engaged for the function.

The ‘Trishna Club,’ earlier known as ‘Madras Sappers Sailing Club’ was established in 1977 on the southern side of the Ulsoor Lake, as a hub of all water sports such as sailing, rowing,  kayaking and canoeing.

It is learnt that the venue is now being used for event management. This lakeside venue is now a tightly guarded zone not simply because it is an Army zone but because the marriage is taking place. The marriage will be followed by a grand reception for the invitees, it is learnt.  

The Army had recently organised a four-day event, the Reunion and Beinnial Regimental Commander's Conference (R&BRCC) at the MEG. It is said that a sponsor had failed to meet the financial commitment for the event. Jawans look at this marriage as an attempt to compensate for this loss. Jawans deployed at the venue confirmed to Deccan Herald that the marriage of the great grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi is taking place there and they have been asked not to let anyone inside.

When contacted, some Army officials on condition of anonymity, said marriages are not new in Army's territory but marriage of civilians is certainly an unheard of in MEG.

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