Rajya Sabha MP and veteran Bollywood actress Jaya Bachchan  inaugurated the festival. The event started with an unveiling of Lord Hanuman's statue.

On this occasion, Bachchan said she was delighted to have been given the status of chief guest at the event, but added, in lighter vein, that probably such an honour came her way because she doesn't speak much.

Former chief minister and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in his address said that the Mahotsava was an opportunity for locals to display their talent and provide entertainment to the people residing around Saifai area in Etawah district.

"I have been requesting the Chief Minister to call Amitabh Bachchan but he is not listening to me," Mulayam Singh Yadav said on lighter note, adding if he had made this request to his younger brother and Public Works Department Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, the work would have already been taken care off a long time back.

Over two dozen ministers and senior bureaucrats would put up in Saifai for the next fortnight.

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