At the end of the wedding season, Adilabad MLA Jogu Ramanna would have attended close to 800 weddings
On June 3, when the current marriage season comes to an end, Adilabad MLA Jogu Ramanna would have attended close to 800 weddings. The score card of other political leaders like the Adilabad District Congress Committee president C. Ramchander Reddy and Telugu Desam Party Adilabad Assembly constituency in-charge, Payal Shankar, also reads the same.
The unusually large number of marriages which were scheduled in the months of January, February and May have forced the personal staff of important leaders to evolve methods to keep track of them. While the MLA refers to a computerised sheet, Mr. Ramchander Reddy consults a neatly maintained schedule of marriages during any given day.
Need to maintain
The need for maintaining good public relations does not allow politicians to bunk events like marriages and condolence meetings. They can be seen flitting between wedding venues regardless of the hot sun.
“I attended around 50 marriages on May 29,” claims Mr. Ramanna, referring to the relevant schedule sheet. The DCC president’s followers claim that he attended 60 weddings on that day during which one of the highest number of marriages were performed in Adilabad.
Bhuma Reddy, the personal assistant of Mr. Ramchander Reddy, has his task cut out during the marriage season. “I have to devote most of my time to segregating the wedding invitations,” he observes.
“I first make a date-wise stack of invitation cards followed by making a list of the timings of marriages to be attended. There is segregation in terms of events scheduled in town and in the rural areas,” Bhuma Reddy discloses.
“As it is humanly impossible to be present at different venues at the same time, I make it a point to visit the families even if they have left the function halls after performing the weddings. Sometimes, it so happens that I have to stop a baraat on its return journey to bless the newlyweds,” the MLA says of the intricacies of maintaining a tight schedule. “Often, I have to attend marriages in villages located in Maharashtra across the border. It could mean covering a cumulative distance of over 300 km just for the purpose alone,” the MLA points out.