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Lalu Prasad’s son Tej Pratap exchanges garlands with Aishwarya Rai after baraat reaches wedding venue

Tej Pratap’s baraat for his wedding with Aishwarya Rai in Patna featured nearly 200 cars, brass bands, horses and elephants

india Updated: May 12, 2018 23:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Patna
Tej Pratap and Aiswarya Rai meet Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar as Lalu Prasad looks on ahead of the wedding ceremony in Patna.
Tej Pratap and Aiswarya Rai meet Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar as Lalu Prasad looks on ahead of the wedding ceremony in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
         

The wedding ceremony of Tej Pratap, the elder son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, started on Saturday evening after the procession escorting the bridegroom, known as a baraat, reached the Veterinary College ground in Patna.

Tej Pratap exchanged garlands with his bride Aishwarya Rai, the daughter of RJD leader Chandrika Rai, in the ‘jaimala’ (a wedding ritual).

Tej Pratap’s baraat, led by his younger brother and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, and accompanied by Lalu Prasad and his wife, former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi, relatives and thousands of well-wishers left their 10, Circular Road residence at 7.00 pm.

The convoy of nearly 200 cars, brass bands, horses and elephants took nearly an hour to traverse the half-a-kilometre stretch to the wedding venue . Taj Pratap’s baarat also featured several ‘jhankis’ (performances) related to Indian mythology by RJD members.

Incidentally, this was the first baraat for the RJD’s first family. As is tradition, Prasad’s family received the bridegrooms’ processions for the weddings of his seven daughters.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, governor Satya Pal Malik and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan reached the venue to bless the couple.

The bride, Aishwarya Rai, reached the venue along relatives around 7 pm. After the ‘jaimala’ ritual, the bride left for her home at 5, Circular Road where the final wedding rituals will start around 11 pm.

The Bihar Veterinary College has special a significance for Prasad, as he took entered politics while staying there in a peon’s quarters. Prasad’s children spent their childhood at the veterinary college campus, which has now been renamed as Bihar Animal Sciences University.

Visuals outside RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s residence in Patna ahead of the wedding ceremony.
Visuals outside RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s residence in Patna ahead of the wedding ceremony. ( ANI Photo )

The wedding venue was covered with green carpets to welcome about 15,000 guests. A massive pandal for important guests was erected on the southwestern corner of ground. Just outside the pandal were two stages — one for the bride and bridegroom and another for musical performances.

Important guests were seated in the aircooled pandal. Other invitees watched the jaimala from the open field, illuminated by floodlights on 25 posts.

The ground had three entries — including one for VIPs, guarded by about 500 security personnel. A fire tender and an ambulance were also stationed at the venue to meet any emergency.

Scores of food stalls had been set up around the ground to avoid chaos. Separate arrangements were made to serve dinner to important guests in the pandal.

The menu for the occasion was put together by a Kanpur-based hotel. The lavish dinner spread included Amritsari kulcha, Agra paratha and Bihar’s own litti chokha. Besides, imartis, gulab jamuns and ice creams were also available.

First Published: May 12, 2018 22:09 IST

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