Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son and MLA Tej Pratap Yadav, who has been in the news for filing for a divorce about six months after his elaborate wedding, on Friday said he was in Haridwar and would not return till his family came around and backed his decision. (Also read: Tejashwi Says Even PM, CM Won’t be Spared if Family Matters Brought up in Public)

Talking to a regional news channel here over the phone, Tej Pratap wished his younger brother Tejashwi on his birthday but added he wouldn’t be joining the family celebrations in Delhi.  Tej Pratap was last seen in Bodh Gaya where he had checked into a hotel after meeting his father at a Ranchi hospital.

Lalu is reportedly upset over his elder son’s decision to seek a divorce.  Tej Pratap 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. Tej Pratap claimed, “Our differences are irreconcilable.”

He added, “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. Until they agree with me, how can I return home?” He also expressed displeasure over the role played by some of his relatives, including in-laws, in his marital dispute.

Meanwhile, party’s national general secretary and Lalu’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,” he said.

He added that 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,” he told reporters.