Lalu Prasad, who is serving jail terms in connection with fodder scam cases and now undergoing treatment at AIIMS in New Delhi, could not attend the function. Preparations have begun to decorate the entire hotel for Tej Pratap and Aishwarya Rai's engagement ceremony.
However, in a hush-hush ceremony yesterday, the duo got engaged at a five-star hotel in Patna.
The engagement took place under a pink and purple canopy decorated with flowers that were reportedly flown in from New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Pune, NDTV reported.
"If Papa would have been around, the happiness would have doubled", Tej Pratap Yadav said after the five-hour ring ceremony. People have started gathering at the Rabri Devi's residence in Patna to congratulate the family for the engagement.
Her mother is a college professor. Several other politicians have also been invited to the engagement ceremony today.
His to-be bride Aishwarya is a history graduate and the oldest daughter of six-time RJD MLA, Chandrika Prasad Rai. A source had told the daily, "If we do not get bail for him, we will pray for parole so that he can attend the marriage of his elder son". He was won during the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections and was made the environment minister in the Nitish Kumar Cabinet.
Tej Pratap, Bihar's former health minister, is also the eldest of the 9 children of former Bihar Chief Minister, Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife, Rabri Devi. As the Yadav patriarch Lalu Yadav could not attend the ceremony as he is behind bars, his son, Tej, took to social media to express his sadness over him missing the function.