Patna: Former Bihar chief minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi are currently hunting for a cultured bride for their eldest son Tej Pratap who recently turned 28 years old.
Speaking to reporters, the Yadav couple admitted that they were hunting for a “homely, accomplished daughter-in-law” for their eldest son without any dowry.
Rabri Devi, while interacting with reporters during Lalu Yadav's 70th birthday celebrations on Sunday, said that she would not like ''cinema and Mall going girls'' as her daughter-n-law.
Rabri Devi insisted that she would prefer a 'desi bahu' for son Tej Pratap who is very religious.
Tej Pratap Yadav, who currently serves as Bihar’s Health and Forests minister, is embroiled in a bitter controversy due to his alleged ownership of prime land in Aurangabad.
The main opposition party - BJP - has made serious corruption allegations against the family members of Lalu Yadav, who has been convicted in the multi-crore Rs Bihar fodder scam.
“We are already looking for a suitable girl for him (Tej Pratap), and we have also received many proposals, but none has appeared suitable so far,” said Rabri Devi.
“We want a homely, accomplished daughter-in-law, one who can take care of the home and family and also external affairs,” she added.
Lalu Prasad Yadav, who said Tej Pratap’s wife could be “from anywhere in the country,” said he would not insist on being given dowry for his sons’ wedding.
“Dahej galat baat hai. We will not insist on being given any dowry except, maybe, a cow,” said the RJD chief, who is known for his love for cows and prides himself on hailing from a cowherd’s caste.
Sources close to the Yadav family said it is possible that the bride for Tej Pratap could well be from a “political Yadav family in Uttar Pradesh”.
Lalu Yadav’s fourth daughter, Ragini, is married to Ghaziabad-based Rahul Yadav, the son of former Samjawadi Party MLA Jitendra Yadav.
Lalu’s youngest daughter, Raj Lakshmi, is married to former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s grandnephew and Mainpuri MP, Tej Pratap Singh.
Still learning the ropes of politics, Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi, both first-time MLAs, are currently among Bihar’s most suitable bachelors.
Tejaswi has been a hot favourite among teenage girls, who make countless requests for selfies with him during his public programmes.
Tej Pratap’s favourite hobby seems to be getting himself photographed in various avatars, including the flute-playing Lord Sri Krishna.
Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi have seven daughters and two sons.
Their eldest daughter, Misa Bharti, is currently a Rajya Sabha member.