Patna, November 9: An 11-day puja was held at Maa Vindhyavasini Devi temple in Uttar Pradesh's Mirzapur to resolve the marital dispute between RJD leader and former Bihar cabinet minister Tej Pratap Yadav and his wife Aishwarya Rai, said the the temple's head priest Raj Mishra on Friday.
Mishra, who claims to be closely in touch with the Yadav family, said he has been speaking to the couple for the past few days and praying for reconciliation between them. The "havan puja", conducted over the last 11 days, was aimed at pleasing "grah nakshatra", which could bring good tides for the family. Can't Live With Aishwarya Rai Anymore, Says Lalu Prasad Yadav's Son Tej Pratap on Divorce Filing.
"I have been talking to him and the family all through, ever since the present problems surfaced. We held special prayers to the deity for the entire family to overcome them," the priest was reported as saying. However, no member of the Yadav family has spoke to the media to confirm his claim.
Tej Pratap, who held the Health and Tourism portfolio in the erstwhile Mahagathbandhan-led Bihar government, shot in news recently after he filed his divorce plea.
Married to Aishwarya Rai, the daughter of RJD MLA Chandrika Rai and grandchild of former Bihar chief minister Daroga Prasad Rai, Tej Pratap claims his spouse is "too urban" and they share "irreconcilable differences".
Missing from home ever since filing his divorce plea, Tej Pratap was spotted in Haridwar earlier today. On being confronted by TV reporters, the Yadav scion said he would return to his house only after the family accepts his decision to seek divorce.
After filing his divorce petition, Tej Pratap had travelled to Ranchi to meet his father and RJP supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is serving a jail term after being convicted in the fodder scam. Reports said that the condition of Lalu, who is already admitted in a government hospital, deteriorated after his son met him. Though he tried to convince Tej Pratap to continue the marriage, his advice was not heeded to by the 29-year-old.