Puja to re­solve Tej Pratap’s mar­i­tal prob­lems

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Ranchi - Press Trust of In­dia ht­patna@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

MIRZAPUR(UP): Amid strains in the mar­riage of for­mer Bi­har chief min­is­ter Lalu Prasad’s son Tej Pratap Ya­dav, an 11-day puja was per­formed at the Maa Vind­hyavasini Devi tem­ple at Mirzapur, a priest said Fri­day.

Lalu Prasad’s fam­ily mem­bers have im­mense faith in the god­dess en­shrined there and have been fre­quent vis­i­tors to the tem­ple in eastern Ut­tar Pradesh, bor­der­ing Bi­har, said priest Raj Mishra.

The priest said he per­formed the ‘ha­van puja’ for them so that they can over­come their cur­rent prob­lems.

“A ha­van puja was held for 11 days to please the ‘grah naksha­tra’ and for peace in the en­tire fam­ily,” Mishra said.

He said he talked over the phone with Tej Pratap Ya­dav, who asked him to pray to the god­dess. Ya­dav could not be con­tacted to con­firm this.

“I have been talk­ing to him and the fam­ily all through, ever since the present prob­lems sur­faced. We held spe­cial prayers to the god­dess for the en­tire fam­ily to over­come them,” the priest said.

Mishra said he got the puja con­ducted by 11 priests and the ‘pur­nahuti’, mark­ing the end of the prayers, was per­formed on Thurs­day night.

Lalu Prasad is learnt to have been up­set over his el­der son’s de­ci­sion to seek di­vorce.

The for­mer chief min­is­ter is serv­ing sentences in a num­ber of fod­der scam cases. At present, he is lodged at a hos­pi­tal in Ranchi on med­i­cal grounds.

Tej Pratap and Aish­warya Rai -- daugh­ter of RJD MLA Chan­drika Rai and grand­child of for­mer Bi­har chief min­is­ter Daroga Prasad Rai -- had mar­ried on May 12.

“Our dif­fer­ences are ir­rec­on­cil­able. I had said this to my par­ents be­fore the mar­riage was solem­nised. But no­body lis­tened to me then and no­body is lis­ten­ing to me now,” the for­mer Bi­har min­is­ter has said.

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