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PATNA: RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son and MLA Tej Pratap Ya­dav, who has been in the news for his fail­ing mar­riage, Fri­day said he was cur­rently putting up in Harid­war and would not re­turn home till his fam­ily backed his de­ci­sion to di­vorce his wife of six months.

Talk­ing to a re­gional news chan­nel here over tele­phone, he ex­tended his greet­ings to younger brother Te­jashwi Ya­dav on his birth­day, but said he would not be able to join the cel­e­bra­tions in New Delhi, where the RJD heir ap­par­ent has gone to meet their sis­ters.

The mer­cu­rial RJD leader was last seen in Bodh Gaya on Sat­ur­day where he had checked in at a ho­tel af­ter meet­ing his ail­ing fa­ther at a hos­pi­tal in Ranchi.

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

Prasad 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 Ya­dav and Aish­warya Rai - daugh­ter of RJD MLA Chan­drika Rai and grand­child of for­mer Bi­har chief min­is­ter Daroga Prasad Rai - had tied the knot on May 12.

“Our dif­fer­ences are ir­rec­on­cil­able. I had said this to my par­ents be­fore the mar­riage was sol­em­nized. But no­body lis­tened to me then and no­body is lis­ten­ing to me now. Un­til they agree with me, how can I re­turn home?” Ya­dav said.

The for­mer Bi­har min­is­ter also ex­pressed dis­plea­sure over the role played by some of his close rel­a­tives, in­clud­ing in-laws, in his mar­i­tal dis­pute.

In an ap­par­ent re­but­tal of re­ports that he has been feel­ing slighted over the grow­ing clout of his younger brother, Ya­dav said, “I of­fer my bless­ings to Te­jashwi. May he be­come the next chief min­is­ter of Bi­har. I would be by his side and help him the way Kr­ishna had as­sisted Ar­juna in the bat­tle of Ma­hab­harata”.

Mean­while, party na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary and Lalu Prasad’s close aide Bhola Ya­dav re­quested jour­nal­ists “not to make news out of dif­fer­ences within the fam­ily”.

“Lalu ji has been not keep­ing well. The de­vel­op­ments have only made the mat­ters worse for him and the way things are be­ing high­lighted in the me­dia is caus­ing him fur­ther an­guish,” Bhola Ya­dav - who has been by the side of the RJD supremo for most part of his in­car­cer­a­tion - said.

He also said that Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi will not be per­form­ing ‘Ch­hatth’ this year.

“She has de­cided to stay away from the fes­tiv­i­ties as she is also not keep­ing well. But please do not jump to any con­clu­sions upon hear­ing this,” Bhola told re­porters.

Ch­hath is ar­guably the most pop­u­lar fes­ti­val in Bi­har and the Lalu Prasad fam­ily ar­ranges for fer­vent cel­e­bra­tions on the oc­ca­sion ev­ery year.

The RJD na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary also ex­tended his birth­day greet­ings to Te­jashwi and ex­pressed hope that Tej Pratap would re­turn home soon.

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