Madhya Pradesh minister of state for woman and child development Lalita Yadav allegedly organised a wedding of two frogs at a temple in Chhattarpur to appease rain gods, evoked strong criticism from the Opposition.
Unperturbed Ruling party BJP Minister defended her stance, saying the marriage was a 'logical tradition which was necessary to balance the environment'.
Hundreds of people gathered at the temple premises to see the unique wedding, which was followed by a feast.
The temple priest Acharya Brijnandan said, “The frogs’ marriage and feast is a very old tradition to please gods.” He is among those who believe that there will be good monsoon this year due to the ceremony.
However, the Opposition was not pleased and alleged that the minister’s act would encourage superstition.
Lalita Yadav represents Chhattarpur constituency, which falls in the Bundelkhand region that has been in the grip of a severe drought for the past two years.
In a similar incident, locals units of ruling party men in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi married off two plastic frogs to pray for monsoon. Two people dressed as bride and groom reportedly carried the frogs on decorated plates during the ritual.