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New Delhi – It was the first of five weddings on the evening of March 12.
But it was also the first time in the city’s history that two of the bride’s family members, one of whom is a member of the Nehru family, were not present.
The two-day wedding, which was organised by a local bride’s mother, was to be attended by the family members of Sonia Gandhi, the daughter of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
The groom was to also be accompanied by a relative, a friend of the family, who is a political activist.
The bride’s brother-in-law was among the guests, along with a friend, an NGO leader and a journalist.
The event, which took place at a private residence, was billed as a family affair.
But on the morning of the wedding day, when the bride was still asleep, the groom’s mother and sister arrived.
A few hours later, she was awakened and the two siblings began arguing.
The family members then asked the groom to call his brother-sister and ask him to call her, she told reporters.
The parents and sisters then went to the bride and told her the news.
“She was shocked, shocked, stunned,” said Sonia Gandhi.
“But when she came out, the family came out to see if they could help.”
She said the family had no idea how the bride had been injured.
“They (the groom’s family) said, ‘Don’t worry, she is fine’,” Sonia Gandhi said.
The couple then went back to their room and the mother went to work.
They found the groom bleeding profusely from the neck, while the other sibling was rushed to the hospital.
“She is now in a critical condition,” Sonia Gandhi told NDTV.
“We have got a few injuries, but the doctor has told us that she is recovering.”
The groom’s brother and sister also went to a hospital, but they were not seriously injured.
The bride’s parents and sister were arrested on suspicion of assaulting the bride, according to police.
The incident comes as a major embarrassment for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been criticized for not making the family of Sonia a party member.
The BJP, the ruling party, has also not been keen to publicly address the incident.
The police have launched an investigation into the matter and said they are probing the case on the basis of a complaint filed by a private company.
The case comes after the BJP-led government last year announced that the family member of Sonia would be given an honorary post, the first such recognition given to a family member.
The BJP-ruled National Democratic Alliance government has said the post will go to a “congressarian”.
The groom is in a stable condition, Sonia Gandhi and the other members of the Gandhi family told NDtv.