Lalu Prasad Yadav's elder son and RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav on Saturday tied the knot with Aishwarya Rai, the daughter of RJD MLA Chandrika Rai. A galaxy of VIPs were also in attendance at the wedding ceremony at the sprawling veterinary college ground. Bihar Governor Satya Pal Mallik, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and several of his cabinet colleagues, veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav were there to bless the couple. The entire top brass of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) stood at the entrance to welcome the guests.
Nitish Kumar, who has strained relations with the RJD chief's family ever since walked away from the Grand Alliance and returned to the BJP-led NDA, was greeted with loud cheers from the gathering. He exchanged pleasantries with Prasad and later sat on the dais flanked by the RJD chief and Rabri Devi. Other dignitaries who came to the city earlier to bless the couple included former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav, NCP leader Praful Patel, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and lawyer Ram Jethmalani.
Tej Pratap Yadav ties the knot with Aishwarya Rai: See pics
A stage was put up at the college ground where the groom dressed in pink sherwani and pyjama of matching shade exchanged garlands with the bride who wore a bright red dress. The event was marked by rendition of tunes played by several music bands. Besides, a colourful procession was taken out by members of the Yaduvanshi Sena, a non-political organisation of the Yadav community. A lavish spread of vegetarian dishes, prepared by a Kanpur-based caterer, has been laid out for the guests.