RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav has gone missing after he failed to return to home after meeting his father Lalu Yadav in Ranchi on Saturday. Tej Pratap Yadav had gone to Ranchi to discuss with his father regarding his separation from his wife and has not returned to Patna.
According to the reports, sources close to his family has said that Tej Pratap left mid-way to an unknown location on his way back home from Ranchi to Patna. MLA Kumar Sarvjeet said that he met his father for a couple of hours at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Ranchi on Saturday and left the city on Monday afternoon claiming to return back to Patna.
“I met Yadav, along with other party leaders, over dinner Sunday. He was looking exhausted. He bid us goodbye Monday, saying he was returning home. I have the knowledge of his movements only till his departure from the Royal Residency hotel,” said Kumar Sarvjeet.
According to another report, Tej Pratap managed to escape on Monday by dodging his security guards at the hotel in Bodh Gaya, where he had checked in on Sunday. The guards were posted at the main door of the hotel, while he left the hotel through another door. He escaped in his car with his driver, leaving behind the security guards. The guards realised he is not in the hotel only when the local MLA came to meet Tej Pratap in the evening.
Tej Pratap Yadav after meeting his father had said that he stands by his decision to get a divorce from his wife, Aishwarya Rai to whom he was married just six months back. “No person can live a stifled life,” he had reportedly said regarding his marriage life.
“I was never ready for the wedding. I kept pleading my parents and also discussed my feelings with my brother Tejashwi and sisters but no one took me seriously,” said Yadav before leaving for Ranchi to meet his father who is serving a jail term there.
Tej Pratap had claimed that he was made a scapegoat for the political benefits of his family members. Rai is the daughter of a former minister, Chandrika Rai and granddaughter of former BJP chief minister Daroga Rai. Yadav, a Class 12th fail, had described his marriage to Aishwarya Rai, a DU graduate as a ‘mismatch’. He had said that while he is a simple man with a simple lifestyle, wife Aishwarya is a modern woman used to a life of a metropolis.
Tej Pratap Yadav had previously said he was upset and had hinted that everything is not going well with his younger brother Tejashwi, who has emerged as the party’s de facto leader in their father’s absence.
Tej Pratap has always managed to be in the news for his behaviour and activities. On occasions, he had dressed up as Krishna or Lord Shiva. He is very religious and it is speculated that he may have gone to Vrindaban. Easrler he had also accused Bihar CM Nitish Kumar of unleashing ‘ghosts’ to haunt the Yadav family.
Lalu Prasad Yadav has been found guilty for indulging in series of fodder scams when he was the Chief Minister of Bihar and is currently serving a total of 14 years in jail. He and his family members, including daughter Misa Bharati and son Tejashwi Yadav, are also facing several cases related to disproportionate assets and also for conducting benami transactions. Addition to this Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family, including Tejashwi Yadav are accused in multi-crore Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam.