Engg to pilot, Lalu gets right

Lalu's decision to solemnise the marriage in New Delhi has baffled many in the RJD, reports Anirban Guha Roy.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 02:03 IST

When Lalu Yadav's daughter gets married, Bollywood touches down in Bihar and Patna comes to a halt. Not this time. The railway minister is breaking from tradition for the marriage of his third daughter, Chanda.

Unlike the wedding of her elder sisters, Misa and Rohini, for whom the baraat came to 1 Anne Marg, the Bihar chief minister's official residence, Chanda's marriage on April 29 will be in New Delhi. Though the event, sources say, will be comparatively low-key, the venue will be a plush hotel.

Sources say the groom is a pilot working for a private airline and his family is based in Haryana. Even party insiders do not know the details. "He is a captain but we do not know which airline he works for," said a senior RJD leader. The engagement will be on April 14 in New Delhi and the Yadavs have temporarily shifted to the capital.

Lalu's decision to solemnise the marriage in New Delhi has baffled many in the RJD. Shyam Rajak, a confidant of the RJD chief, says the groom's family was not keen to go to Patna.

Some others, however, say Lalu wanted to avoid the media glare. "Lalu is not holding the reins of power in Bihar. He knows he cannot get his daughter married with the earlier pomp and splendour," said an RJD leader. Wait and watch.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 02:03 IST