PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday raked up the issue of alleged misbehaviour with Aishwarya Rai, the estranged wife of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav.
“Those who misbehaved with her would see how dangerous can be the consequence of ill-treating a woman,” Nitish said at a poll meeting in favour of Aishwarya’s father, Chandrika Rai, in Saran’s Parsa assembly constituency. Nitish not only made an oblique attack on the Lalu family but also remarked to the audience, “Look at what kind of ill-treatment was meted out to an educated girl.”
Aishwarya, the granddaughter of former Bihar CM Daroga Prasad Rai, was married to Tej Pratap, who filed a divorce petition in a Patna court. The matter is still pending in court. When Nitish reached the dais, Aishwarya touched his feet. In her short speech, she sought votes for her father so that Nitish could become CM again.
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She also dropped hints about entering politics. Pointing towards Aishwarya, Nitish said, “She is an educated woman but what happened to her was not liked by anyone. I, too, had attended her marriage ceremony, but whatever happened later made us all feel very ashamed. Such incidents should not happen with any woman,” Nitish said.
Chandrika is seeking re-election from Parsa for the seventh time. He had won in 2015 on the RJD symbol. After his daughter’s ties with the Lalu family turned sour, he left RJD and joined JD(U).


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