The Lalu family is in the middle of a full-blown 'Saas-Bahu' family drama that is unfolding in public view. Now, in a fresh turn to the heated fiasco, Chandrika Rai - father-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son Tej Pratap Yadav - has refused to accept the dowry sent back by former chief minister Rabri Devi on Thursday night. As per him, Tej Pratap Yadav’s family failed to follow the predetermined procedure to send the goods and may have slipped in liquor or explosives to get him into trouble.
Following the notice by a women’s helpline to Rabri Devi on 18 December, the dowry consisting mostly of furniture was shipped to Rai's residence. The women's helpline had asked Devi to respond to an application filed by her daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai’s mother Poornima Devi who demanded all articles given as ‘dowry’ be returned to them after they allegedly threw out Aishwarya.
When two pick-up vans with 'dowry' arrived at the Rai's residence, Chandrika Rai refused to unload the articles alleging that it was not in conformity to the legal provisions.“As per the law, an inventory list shall be prepared in front of the magistrate and police officer before dispatching the articles. How can I accept them, as the consignment might carry some contraband like liquor or explosives?” Aishwarya's father said.
Just months after a publicized wedding, trouble came knocking down as Tej Pratap filed for divorce from his wife, Aishwarya.
On September 29, Aishwarya created quite a stir after she publicly accused mother-in-law, Rabri Devi, and sister-in-law, Misa Bharti of denying her food and misbehaving with her. She said that her tiff with Rabri started when she questioned her about posters surfacing at Patna’s BN College which made vulgar references to her father Chandrika.
“This infuriated my mother-in-law and she dragged me by my hair causing great pain. Then I was forced out of the house by security personnel. I am grand-daughter of former chief minister Daroga Rai and see how I am being treated here,” she said.