Jalna: After receiving tremendous response for mass wedding of 577 couples belonging to drought affected suicide farmers and weaker sections conducted by the Shiv Sena under the scheme of `Shiv sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray Kanyadan Yojana` at Parbhani and Aurangabad, the ruling BJP on Sunday conducted mass marriage of more than 500 couples in Jalna.
The couples, belonging to four religions, got married in presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis organised at the Agriculture Product Market Committee yard ground here.
The mass wedding was jointly organised by the BJP and Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Smarak Samiti of Bokardhan.
Out of 550 couples, 406 couples belonged to Hindu community, 94 couples from Buddha community and 14 couples each from Muslims and Christian community.
Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve, who was organiser of the event, said, "The state government will always support farmers affected by drought. Hence we are getting couples from farmer families married."
The Marathwada region is experiencing severe drought condition from the last three years. Almost all water resources have dried up following which a number of distressed farmers have been forced to commit suicides.