TEJ Pratap, 32 years old son of former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi, has vowed not to return home in Patna unless and until the family approves his divorce case seeking separation from Aishwaryya whom he weeded on May 12. High school dropout Tej Pratap was Bihar’s Health Minister with cabinet rank till JD-U headed by Nitish Kumar broke alliance with RJD. Speaking to a regional news channel over telephone, he extended his greetings to his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav on his birthday. He would not be able to join the celebrations in New Delhi where he 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 reportedly was upset over his elder son’s decision to seek divorce. Prasad, an accused of fodder scam, has been jailed. He was hospitalized 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. Tej Pratap is also critical of some of his close relatives, including in-laws, in his marital dispute. Rebutting reports on his displeasure over growing clout of his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav he said 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.
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