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Rabri Devi upset over Tej's planned divorce, won't celebrate Chhath Puja

IANS  |  Patna 

Former Chief Rabri Devi, upset over elder son Tej Pratap's planned divorce from his wife of six months, and his threat that he won't return home unless his parents supported his decision, will not celebrate Puja this year.

"will not celebrate this year because the family is worried over Tej Pratap's absence from for the last one week," Bhola Yadav, a considered close to Lalu Prasad's family, said here on Saturday.

told IANS that was unhappy over Tej Pratap's reported statement that he won't return home until his parents approved of his decision to divorce.

"In such a situation, will not celebrate Chhath," he said.

He admitted that the family has been trying hard to persuade to return home soon, but to no avail.

RJD leaders said that was camping in Haridwar after visiting a few days ago.

Tej Pratap, a former in the government, has not returned home since he met his jailed father in Ranchi last week and discussed his decision to divorce his wife

married Aishwarya, daughter of RJD and former and granddaughter of former Daroga Rai, on May 12 in

Tej Pratap filed for divorce in a civil court on November 2 citing 'mental cruelty'.

With Rabri's decision not to celebrate -- Bihar's most popular Hindu festival -- people will miss a rare festivity at her sprawling official bungalow 10, Circular Road.

Last year, Rabri Devi had said she would celebrate Chhath only after her two sons -- and Tejashwi Yadav -- got married.

Tehashwi Yadav, the of Opposition and a former deputy Chief Minister, is the heir apparent of the RJD.

The four-day Chhath starts on Monday with the 'Nahai-Khai' ritual. Devotees, mostly married women, will throng river banks early in the morning for a ritualistic bath, before preparing the traditional meal of boiled rice and pumpkin.

RJD leaders said that Rabri Devi's Chhath celebration is popular as politicians, irrespective of party affiliation, and people from all faiths and communities visited for the traditional 'prasad' during the festival.

"Till 2016, Rabri Devi, helped by Lalu himself, used to draw a large number of people during Chhath, but this year they will miss it," an RJD said.

The 'Nahai-Khai' will be followed by 'Kharna', when 'Kheer' will be cooked and distributed among neighbours, friends and relatives.

During the festival, married women observe a fast for 36 hours and devotees offer wheat preparations, milk, sugarcane, bananas and coconuts to the Sun God.

Chhath is the only festival across in which devotees offer salutations to both the setting and the rising Sun.



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 16:12 IST