Tej Pratap Gives His Family Anxious Moments By Not Returning To Patna Even For Deepawali

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New Delhi: Skipping even Diwali celebrations at home, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and Bihar’s former health minister Tej Pratap Yadav is giving his family anxious moments by not returning to Patna. A high drama was played out publicly over his decision to file for a divorce.

“I think, Tej Pratap is in Varanasi. He is probably introspecting and wants solitude,” said Rajya Sabha MP Misa, Tej Pratap’s eldest sister. Their father Lalu Prasad, chief of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and a former chief minister of Bihar, is in jail on corruption charges.

Misa was emphatic that “all is well within the family,” asserting that “too much of attention is being given to this divorce episode. It is a family matter and it will blow over.”

She would, however, not divulge whether her 29-year-old brother has been persuaded to reconsider divorce and work towards a patch-up with his wife of six months Aishwariya Rai, the daughter of senior RJD leader Chandrika Rai and grand daughter of former chief minister Daroga Rai.

Tej Pratap, who filed for divorce in a Patna family court on November 2, has not been in Patna since Friday last week amid speculation that he is avoiding coming home as he is apprehensive that his family might persuade him to withdraw the divorce petition before it is heard on November 29.

“Tej Pratap is a bit adamant and has already talked of pursuing the divorce. This is perhaps why he wants to come to Patna only before November 29 to appear before the court. It looks like he is even taking legal advice,” said a close family aide who asked not to be named.

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