RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son and former Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Yadav Saturday said he was forced to marry the “urbane” Aishwarya Rai against his wishes and had been living a “stifled life” since then, according to PTI. The court will take up the matter for hearing on November 29. His reaction comes a day after he filed an application for divorce in a family court in Patna,
Asserting that he will not withdraw his petition, Tej Pratap said, “I have been living a stifled (ghut ghut ke) life. How long can one go on like this?” In his petition, Lalu’s son has stated cruelty as the reason for seeking the divorce.
“I had told my parents that I did not wish to marry at this moment of time. But nobody listened to me. Ours was a mismatch. I am a simple man with simple habits while she is a modern woman, educated in Delhi and used to live in a metropolis, ” PTI quoted Tej Pratap as saying. He is going to Ranchi to meet his ailing and incarcerated father Lalu Prasad. His wife’s reaction, however, has not come yet.
He also said he has not been on talking terms with Aishwarya, who is the daughter of former transport minister Chandrika Rai and the granddaughter of former Bihar CM Daroga Rai, for the past couple of months. The couple had tied the knot approximately six months ago on May 12.
When asked whether his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav said anything to him on the issue, Tej Pratap said they talk about politics, not about such matters.
Confirming that the application for divorce (case number 1208) has been filed, Tej Pratap’s lawyer, Yashwant Kumar Sharma Friday said, “The application letter is filed under the header ‘petition under Section 13 (1) (ia) of Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, as amended up to date for grant of decree of divorce on the ground of cruelty’.” Pointing out that there are two modes of application — one filed by both parties in mutual agreement and the other by one party — Sharma said, in this case, Tej Pratap has filed the application seeking the divorce.
On Friday, Rai along with her father visited the residence of former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi Friday evening at 10, Circular Road, Patna. Rajya Sabha member and Tej Pratap’s elder sister Misa Bharati also reached there. “Aishwarya and her father have been trying for a patch-up and sort out the matter within the family,” according to an insider at 10, Circular Road.
Sources close to Lalu Prasad said there had been an “uneasy relationship between the two ever since they got married”. An RJD leader who has worked closely with Tej Pratap said, “Compatibility, differences in lifestyle and political ambition could be possible reasons. While Aishwarya is an MBA and had graduated from Patna’s elite school – Notre Dame Academy – Tej studied up to only Class XII…. He is known to be temperamental.”
Tej Pratap and Aishwarya got married in Patna on May 12, with political leaders across the spectrum attending the ceremony, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan. The wedding was touted as a great “political tie-up” between two politically powerful families.