Patna: A day after filing divorce petition to end his six-month-old marriage with Aishwarya Rai, Tej Pratap Yadav, elder son of Rashtriya Janta Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Saturday said that he was made a scapegoat for political benefits of several people from his family and party, reported Hindustan Times.
“There is no match between us. We both come from extremely different backgrounds. Our culture and grooming are poles apart. I was never ready for the wedding. I kept pleading my parents and also discussed my feelings with brother Tejashwi and sisters but nobody took me seriously,” Tej Pratap was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.
Yadav on Friday filed a divorce petition at a court in Patna citing incompatibility with Rai, daughter of RJD leader Chandrika Rai, whom he married on May 12. Rai’s grandfather Daroga Rai was the chief minister of Bihar for a brief period in the early 70s.
The sitting RJD MLA and former Bihar minister said that he will back on his decision “even if the Prime Minister intervenes”.
On Saturday, Yadav met his father for over two hours at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, where the RJD chief is lodged in custody in connection with fodder scam cases.
After meeting his father, Yadav told reporters, “I stand by my decision. A person can’t live a stifled life (ghut ghut kar).”
He did not say what he discussed with Prasad, saying only that his father would come home and “I will wait for him”.
“We will discuss with our family members about it. But I remain firm on my decision.”
He said he will disclose “whatever I have to say” to the court when the hearing in the divorce case will begin on November 29.
Asked about the effect of his decision on Bihar politics, Yadav only said it “will continue”.
Justifying his move for separation, Yadav, during a brief stopover at Bodh Gaya enroute to Ranchi, said he was a “simple man” who was forced to marry the “urbane” Rai against his wishes and had been living a “stifled life” since then.
There is no word from either Rai or her family since Friday, when the divorce petition was made public.
Asked whether his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav has spoken to him on the issue, he said they talk about politics, not about private matters.
In his petition, Yadav has stated cruelty as the reason for seeking divorce.
With the issue creating fresh trouble for the RJD’s first family, whose members are embroiled in cases of corruption, Tejashwi Yadav expressed strong displeasure over the media spotlight on family matters.
“Yesterday, things began on a stormy note with thousands of police personnel going on the rampage following the death of a female constable. It was a serious issue, concerning law and order, and was being rightly highlighted by the media,” he said.
But by evening, the divorce issue became the centre of attention, the former Bihar deputy chief minister said.
“Domestic affairs do affect people but only those who are members of a family. These are not public issues,” he said.
RJD national vice-president and associate of Prasad, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, said discords do crop up in families but they also get resolved.
He said the episode will have no bearing on the political prospects of Yadav, a sitting MLA, or on the RJD.
“Why would Tej Pratap’s divorce petition affect anybody politically? Did not the BJP win elections and Narendra Modi become the prime minister despite his separation from his wife?” Singh quipped in response to queries from journalists.