Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son Tej Pratap Yadav, MLA, on Friday said he was currently putting up in Haridwar and would not return home till his family backed his decision to divorce his wife of six months.
Talking to a regional news channel over telephone, he extended his greetings to younger brother Tejashwi Yadav on his birthday, but said he would not be able to join the celebrations in New Delhi, where the RJD heir apparent has gone to meet their sisters.
Tej Pratap 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 is learnt to have been upset over his elder son's decision to seek divorce.
The RJD chief is serving sentences in a number of fodder scam cases. At present, he is lodged at a hospital 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 - tied the knot on May 12.
"Our differences are irreconcilable. 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?" Yadav said.
The former Bihar minister also expressed displeasure over the role played by some of his close relatives, including in-laws, in his marital dispute.
In an apparent rebuttal of reports that he has been feeling slighted over the growing clout of his younger brother, 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.
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