PATNA: Jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s elder son and former Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Yadav on Monday celebrated his 29th birthday in the company of poor, Dalit children in a slum in Patna.
Tej Pratap, a first-term MLA who served as the minister for health, environment for 20 months in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s erstwhile grand alliance government, cut a large cake surrounded by the Dalit children in Yarpur slum and fed the cake to the children. He was accompanied by a large number of RJD workers.
“God lives in children. So I reached here to seek the blessings of God,” tweeted the scion of the Yadav family after the celebrations were over. He also held aloft a large, framed photograph of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar while celebrating the birthday with the children.
RJD workers said Tej Pratap’s birthday party this year was markedly different and low-key because Lalu Prasad Yadav is in judicial custody following his conviction in four cases of the Rs 1,000-crore fodder scam. “Besides, Lalujee is currently sick and is under treatment at AIIMS in New Delhi,” said a supporter.
Tej Pratap’s mother, former CM Rabri Devi, and his younger brother, former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, wished him a happy birthday at a small gathering at their 10, Circular Road residence. Several RJD leaders and MLAs of the party attended the event.
Tej Pratap, known for getting himself photographed in the attire of Lord Krishna and playing a flute amidst cows, is set to marry next month. his fiancée, former Bihar chief minister Daroga Prasad Rai’s granddaughter Aishwarya Rai, also called him to wish him, said his supporters. Aishwarya and Tej Pratap are getting engaged in Patna on April 18.
Even as the Yadav family was busy receiving guests dropping in to wish Tej Pratap on his birthday, a piece of worrying news came for them. CBI filed the chargesheet in the IRCTC hotel contract case, naming Lalu, Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav among 14 others. CBI sleuths had questioned Rabri Devi and Tejashwi in connection with the case earlier this month.