11day puja held to resolve Tej’s marital problems
MIRZAPUR (UP): Amid strains in the marriage of Tej Pratap Yadav, an 11-day puja was performed at Maa Vindhyavasini Devi temple at Mirzapur, a priest said Friday. Lalu Prasad’s family has immense faith in the goddess enshrined there and have been frequent visitors to the temple in eastern UP.
PATNA: After days of suspense over his whereabouts, RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav on Friday broke his silence saying he was at Haridwar and reiterated that he would not come home unless his parents accepted some of his demands, including divorce from his wife.
The adamant stand of Tej Pratap not to return home and opting to visit religious places hoping from Varanasi to Haridwar via Vrindavan has surely left his parents quite upset. This is perhaps the reason why former chief minister and Tej Pratap’s mother, Rabri Devi on Friday announced not to perform the Chhath festival to begin in next two days.
This is not all. Tej Pratap’s divorce episode cast its shadow on the birthday of his younger brother and leader of opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Friday, with the RJD’s rank and file not going in for gala celebrations of the young leader.
Even Tejashwi was not in Patna on Friday preferring to leave for New Delhi, but was greeted by Tej Pratap on phone. Sources said Tejashwi went to New Delhi, as he had to appear in court in connection with the IRCTC scam.
Incidentally, close aide of RJD chief Lalu Prasad and sitting Bahadurpur MLA, Bhola Yadav, however, cited ‘health reason’ for Rabri not observing the Chhath festival, which has been observed by the RJD’s first family for decades.
As chief minister in late 90s to mid-2000, Rabri used to regularly observe Chhath at her official CM bungalow and later continued the practice of paying obeisance to the Sun God by observing the four-day festival at her official 10, Circular residence. A couple of years back, Rabri had not performed the rituals for health reasons.
“Rabri Devi is not well. Her health is not permitting her to observe the festival this time,” Bhola said, even as he appealed to the media not to attach much importance to the divorce episode related to Tej Pratap. “It is a family matter and it will be sorted out by the family. Such things happen in all households and resolved naturally,” he said.
However, talking to a news channel, Tej Pratap said he was not coming home because his parents were not supporting him on his decision to take divorce from his wife, Aishwarya.
The couple had wedded on May 12 in Patna in a star studded affair. He also said that he was on way to Haridwar after having visited Vrindavan. For couple of days, Tej Pratap was in Varanasi.
“I have not got support from my parents ever since I have filed a divorce petition seeking separation from my wife. I am feeling quite let down, harrassed and have no reason to come home unless my parents accept my decision. I will come home when they accept my decision and also fulfil some of my other demands,” he said.
Tej Pratap said he had shared his agony over not adjusting with his wife Aishwarya to his parents, including RJD chief Lalu Prasad, when he had met him on Saturday last week, but lamented that his parents were not extending a sympathetic ear to his grievances. “Tell me what should I do?” he said.
The RJD chief elder son, attracting eyeballs in last few days, also aired his ire over one Bipin claiming the latter was spreading canard against him and even harassing his friends. Sources said Bipin is considered close to Tej Pratap’s family and his in-laws.
What is more, Tej Pratap also observed there were some ‘duryodhans’ in his family, who were responsible for marital discord with his wife and also inducting people having criminal background in the party.
Insiders said Tej Pratap’s reference of ‘Duryodhans’ was in context to three of his cousins, who have become quite powerful in the family and calling the shots after Tejaswhi has become the number 2 in the party after sentencing of the RJD chief in fodder scam cases. Lalu is at present undergoing treatment in RIMS, Ranchi.
“Tej Pratap is miffed with his cousins and feels they have sidelined him in the party. He wants them to be removed from family matters,” said a senior RJD leader, wishing not to be quoted.
Nonetheless, the former health minister appears to have no complains against his younger brother Tejashwi equating the opposition leader as “Arjun” and asserting that he would guide his younger sibling like Krishna.
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