Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar got personal with Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday when he raised the issue of the alleged misbehaviour with the RJD chief's eldest daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai by his family.
Aishwariya Rai, whose divorce with Lalu’s eldest son Tej Pratap Yadav is still pending in court, hails from a political background herself. She is the granddaughter of former Bihar Chief Minister Daroga Prasad Rai. Her father Chandrika Rai is contesting Assembly polls on JD(U) ticket this time from Parsa constituency. He had won the seat on RJD ticket in 2015.
Nitish Kumar gets personal with Lalu Yadav: Key points
- “I will appeal to you to ensure the victory of my father Chandrika Rai and ensure Nitish Kumar continues as chief minister,” Aishwarya said while addressing at Nitish Kumar’s rally.
- Aishwarya’s speech triggered a few slogans from the crowd in favour of Lalu, which led Nitish to hit back. “Your activities will not help the person at whose behest you have come. What has happened is shameful — insult of a woman by a family,” Nitish said, adding that she had the legacy of late Daroga Prasad Rai behind her.
- 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.
- Dominated by the Yadav community, Parsa is a family stronghold of the Rais. Daroga Prasad Rai won the seat on a Congress ticket five times, which was followed by one term for his wife.
- The 2020 election in Parsa is being seen as a test for the sway the RJD holds over the Yadav community, which comprises its core voter base.