NEW DELHI: The youngest daughter of RJD chief Lalu Prasad got engaged with the grand nephew of Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday, formally tying the two Yadav leaders in kinship after years of political rivalry.
A string of ceremonies await the two families now. Before Raj Lakshmi ties the knot to Tej Pratap on February 26 in Delhi, there would be a “tilak” ceremony on February 21 at Samajwadi Party chief’s hometown of Saifai.
The engagement took place at a farmhouse in Chhattarpur in the capital but the attendance presented a happy picture of the ‘Janata Parivar’ that is negotiating a mega merger of all splinter groups, a process being shepherded by Mulayam himself.
Besides Lalu and Mulayam, present at the engagement ceremony were JD(U) founder Nitish Kumar, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi and RJD MPs and Lalu confidants PC Gupta and Jai Prakash Yadav.
Gupta said it was a “private ceremony that was short and sweet”. After the brief rites of engagement, the group had a lunch before breaking off. “It started at 1.20 pm and was over by 2 pm,” he added.
Political circles are keenly awaiting the Yadav wedding which they believe would only strengthen the bond between a clutch of political players who are discussing a partnership on the anti-BJP platform.
The fledgling platform of ‘Janata Parivar’ will hold a dharna in the capital on December 22 against the Narendra Modi-led BJP government.