Tej Pratap Yadav, the eldest son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Sunday returned to Bihar and held his first ever press conference since filing for divorce from his wife Aishwarya Rai last month.
Speaking to reporters in Patna, Tej Pratap appeared full of praises for Congress President Rahul Gandhi for leading his party to victories in three states namely Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Announcing that he will play the role of Lord Krishna in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he said that his younger brother Tejashwi was like ‘Arjuna.’
“I have returned to Bihar after receiving the blessings of Lord Krishna during my pilgrimage. The state will emerge as Kurukshetra in the Lok Sabha polls and our detractors will be slayed with the Sudarshan Chakra of popular vote,” he was quoted by news agency PTI.
There have been speculations that Tej Pratap did not enjoy a good relationship with his younger, but politically more suave brother Tejashwi. Both brothers were part of the new cabinet in the state government after the grand alliance of RJD-JDU-Congress won the assembly polls in 2015. However, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar later parted ways with the alliance to join hands with the BJP to form a new coalition government.
Tej Pratap had gone on a pilgrimage after filing for a divorce from his wife Aishwarya Rai, the daughter of veteran RJD leader Chandrika Prasad Rai, also a six-term MLA with the party. He had said that his wife was too modern compared to his simple upbringing. According to media reports, his father Lalu Prasad Yadav and mother Rabri Devi were not happy with his decision. However, on Sunday, he evaded a question regarding his relationship with his wife.
Tej Pratap said that he had requested the state government to allot a bungalow in his name, thereby making it clear that he had no plans to return to 10, Circular Road, the bungalow allotted to his mother. Correspondents say that this is a sign that all is still not well between Tej Pratap and his mother, also an ex-chief minister of the state.