Patna: Bihar MLA Tej Pratap Yadav has said he has accepted RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav as the next Chief Minister, said reports on Tuesday.  He also had an emotional meeting with his mother and former state chief minister Rabri Devi on the occasion of the latter’s birthday. (Also read: ‘Steadfast in my Decision For Divorce,’ Says Tej)

Tej has been avoiding his family for the past few months, especially since his announcement to seek a divorce from his wife of six months. However, for the past week, he has been involving himself in party affairs which has led to speculations that he wanted to assert himself against Tejashwi who is a very popular leader with considerable clout within the party.

Tej stepped out of the bungalow of Tejashwi who was reportedly in Delhi and sought to dispel the perception that he was uneasy with his brother being seen as the party’s de facto leader. Calling Tejashwi the next CM, he added, “Wish you a very happy new year chachaji (Chief Minister Nitish Kumar). Hope you are watching this.”

He said he had completed his pilgrimage to Kashi, Vrindavan and Kurukshetra and was duty-bound to meet his parents and seek their blessings. “I already have my father’s ‘ashirwad’. I am glad that my mother has also blessed me on her birthday,” he said.

About a fortnight ago, Tej had called on Lalu who is serving sentences in a number of fodder scam cases and is currently lodged in a hospital in Ranchi to get treatment for a number of ailments.

The meeting came after Tej’s absence from Bihar, which followed a petition he filed in a court here seeking a divorce from Aishwarya Rai, daughter of party MLA Chandrika Rai, whom he had married in May last year.

Asked whether his mother was supporting his decision to seek a divorce, Yadav replied, “She is my mother…you know how mothers are…she always gave in to my wishes…she is with me in all my battles.”

He said he would not give his marriage another chance and that he was not reconsidering the decision to seek a divorce. The divorce petition would come up for hearing again in a family court here on January 8. He added that the truth will come out.