New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has tied the knot with TV journalist Amrita Rai in Tamil Nadu.
Amrita on Sunday took to social networking site Facebook and confirmed the news.
Here's the full text of her post:
I would like to share with my friends that I and Digvijaya Singh have married in a solemn ceremony, as per the Hindu rites. We have also later registered our marriage.
On this occasion, I would like to thank all those who have stood by me through all the difficult times that I faced recently. Last one and a half years have been particularly stressful and traumatic. I was the victim of a cyber crime, but was treated as a criminal. I was trolled and abused in most derogatory language for no fault of mine. Those who themselves have no concept or belief in love and dignity tried to shame me on social media. But all during this period, I kept a dignified silence and went on with my work, believing in myself and my love for DIgvijaya.
I know, question have been raised and will be raised on the age difference between us. But I sincerely feel that at my age I know what is good for me and I can take my decisions as per my own wisdom. We live in a modern, progressive India, and the constitutional and legal framework has empowered me to decide about my life and my life’s choices.
I also know that motives can be attributed to my decision. Time is the only final arbitrator in such matters. I am a professional woman, who has worked hard throughout my career and have made a place and reputation for myself. I believe in my professional capabilities and like any other modern women, I have and will continue to shoulder my personal and family responsibilities on my own.
I have married Digvijaya Singh for love. Therefore, I have already requested him to transfer all his property and belongings to his son and daughters. I only want to embark on this new journey with him, working towards a dignified, professional career.
Once again, thank you all my friends, my office colleagues and well-wishers for everything.
As per some reports, 68-year-old Congress general secretary and 44-year-old Amrita are currently in the US.
Meanwhile, some reports claim that the wedding was held in August.
Digvijay had in April last year accepted his relationship with Rai.
“I have no hesitation in accepting my relationship with Amrita Rai. She and her husband have already filed a mutual consent divorce case. Once that is decided we would formalise it. But I do condemn encroachment in our private life,” Singh had tweeted.
Rai too had confirmed the news by writing, “I have separated from my husband and we have filed a mutual consent divorce papers. After which I have decided to marry with Digvijaya Singh.”
Digvijay Singh`s wife Asha Singh, 58, had passed away on February 27, 2013, at a hospital in New Delhi after battling cancer for several years. His son is Jaivardhan Singh, a legislator from Madhya Pradesh`s Raghogarh, and he also has four daughters.
In a Facebook post, Amrita Rai`s husband Anand Pradhan, who is living separately from her, had earlier wrote that he was going through a difficult phase and that both of them had been living apart for sometime now. He also said that their relationship had ended long time back and that they were in the middle of a legal process which takes time.
Pradhan had added, “Amrita is free to take any decision regarding her life after separating from me and I respect that. I wish her all the best for her life and future.”