This is just the beginning. There will be more such family pictures of RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav posing with each other at the wedding ceremony of Yadav’s grandnephew Tej Pratap to Lalu’s youngest daughter Raj Lakshmi.
The marriage will take place in February, 2015. The date has not been announced yet.
Tej Pratap has just entered Lok Sabha from the family stronghold of Mainpuri after Mulayam vacated the seat. This holy matrimony may bring together Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and Lalu Prasad’s RJD.
The news of marriage coming days after the announcement that Mulayam and Lalu will come together to reincarnate the Janata Dal, is being viewed by the political class as the prelude to the mega merger that the Janata Dal breakaways are planning.
The two party chiefs had split during the 1990s for leadership of the Mandal classes and Mulayam had even publicly regretted when Lalu vetoed his name for prime ministership in the United Front government in 1997.
The coming together of Lalu and Mulayam in relationship is likely to erase bitter memories of what happened during the 1990s.