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Even as Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray warned of a lockdown as the state saw a huge surge in the number of Covid-19 cases, questions were raised on whether VIPs had different rules.

Former BJP MP Dhananjay Mahadik’s son’s wedding was celebrated on Sunday without following restrictions for the pandemic with top politicians — from Sharad Pawar to Devendra Fadnavis — lining up for the VIP wedding.

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Covid-19 norms were openly flouted. While Fadnavis was seen without a mask, politicians Arvind Sawant and Sanjay Raut were among other top leaders who attended the wedding.

While the state has imposed restrictions on weddings, Pune has a cap of 200 guests, the VIP wedding on Sunday saw around 700 guests.

This comes even as a BJP leader had targeted the government over a wedding in an NCP leader’s family.

Meanwhile, politicians have canceled their programmes on Monday in response to chief minister Thackeray’s appeal. Supriya Sule has pushed ahead her public engagements. Uday Samant, minister of higher education, has cancelled programmes as well.

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