Tej Pratap, the elder son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav,will tie the nuptial knot with Aishwarya, daughter of party legislator Chandrika Rai, at the Bihar Veterinary College ground in the city today. Lalu, who has been granted bail to attend the wedding, has invited several opposition leaders to the big event.Sources close to Lalu have told that Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka might not attend the function, for they are busy with the all-important Karnataka elections.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the couple on the wedding, but sources told that she is unlikely to be among the attendees. A senior TMC leader is expected to represent the party at the wedding.Lalu Prasad Yadav has extended an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah as well.
Scores of rooms in some new top hotels and guest houses have been booked to accommodate the host of VIPs and guests coming to attend the ceremony.At least 30 rooms have been booked at Patliputra Continental, 25 at Hotel Amrapali Residency, 20 each at Hotel Maurya and Hotel Amalfi Grand and 10 at Hotel Frontline Residency, said a source close to the family. Hotel Chanakya, a premier hotel whose proprietors are named in the CBI’s FIR in the land-for-railway hotel scam, does not find mention in the hospitality list.In a bid to appease the party’s first family and make the event memorable, RJD leaders across Bihar have been sending unique proposals and gifts.Barhara legislator Saroj Yadav has announced to send 50 horses and mares to make the baraat (wedding procession) more attractive.Lalu Prasad’s family has gone the extra mile to ward off evil spirits during the wedding. On Friday, this was evident when lemon and green chillies in bundles were put up on the main gate of Lalu’s 10, Circular Road bungalow apart from flowers.