Days after Tej Pratap Yadav stunned everyone by announcing that he had filed a petition seeking divorce from his newly-wed wife Aishwarya Rai, the elder son of Lalu Prasad Yadav has refused to change his mind. Speaking to a regional channel, Tej Pratap extended birthday greetings to his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav but added that he wouldn’t return home unless his family backed his decision to divorce Asihwarya Rai.
Tej Pratap said that he offered his blessings to Tejashwi on his birthday adding that he also wished him to become the chief minister of Bihar one day. Tej Pratap, who held the health ministry when the RJD-JDU-Congress formed an alliance government in Bihar in 2015, said that he will be by Tejashwi’s side and help him the way ‘Krishna had assisted Arjuna in the battle of Mahabharata.’
Meanwhile, his mother and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi has reportedly decided to not celebrate Chhatth puja this year amidst reports of growing differences within the family, reported news agency PTI. A close confidante of Lalu Yadav’s family, Bhola Yadav, said that Rabri Devi had decided ‘to stay away from the festivities as she is also not keeping well.’
Making a desperate plea to journalists to not report any news related to ‘differences within the family,’ Bhola Yadav urged reporters to not ‘jump to any conclusions upon hearing’ the news of Rabri Devi deciding to skip the Chhatth puja this year.
Tej Pratap Yadav and Aishwarya had got married in May this year, a month after their engagement in Patna. Aishwarya is the oldest daughter of six-time RJD MLA, Chandrika Prasad Rai. Rai was also a minister in the previous RJD government.
Later he had told reporters that his marriage was a mismatch from the day one. Calling his wife a ‘modern woman,’ Tej Pratap said, “I had told my parents that I did not wish to marry at this moment of time. But nobody listened to me. Ours was a mismatch. I am a simple man with simple habits while she is a modern woman, educated in Delhi and used to life in a metropolis.”