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    RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son Tej Pratap Yadav may change his seat from Mahua to Hasanpur

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    Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav may change his seat from Mahua to Hasanpur amid speculation that his estranged wife Aishwarya Rai could contest against him in the upcoming assembly election.

    Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav may change his seat from Mahua to Hasanpur amid speculation that his estranged wife Aishwarya Rai could contest against him in the upcoming assembly election. Her father, Chandrika Rai, had left the RJD and joined the JD(U) last month.

    The speculation intensified after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also took a swipe at the RJD’s first family in a virtual address on Monday for its “ill-treatment of an educated girl like Aishwarya” saying this was done by people who spoke of women’s education. Tej Pratap was in Hasanpur in Samastipur district on Monday to campaign and hold a dialogue with the locals. “Aishwarya has to make a decision whether she wants to contest (against Tej Pratap). Whatever will be her decision, I will stand by her,” Chandrika Rai, son of former Bihar CM Daroga Prasad Rai, told ET.

    Tej Pratap and Aishwarya married in 2018 but separated soon after following an ugly marital dispute and are undergoing a divorce battle in court. “Tej Pratap is not feeling comfortable on the Mahua seat as he has not done any work there in the last five years as an MLA. He won the seat just because of his father and knows his defeat from there is certain,” said Chandrika Rai. “So he plans to run away to another seat. The fact is that no seat is safe for him.”

    Rai, MLA from Parsa, also accused Tej Pratap of working against him in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, leading to Rai’s loss from Saran. Chief minister Kumar said it was painful how the granddaughter of a former Bihar CM was treated by Prasad’s family. “It is a family matter so I don’t want to speak much about it. But the way an educated girl was mistreated by the family, it was painful. They forgot how Daroga Prasad Rai had helped Lalu. Chandrika Rai has now joined us,” he said.
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