Tej Pratap Yadav, son of former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, has made himself known in videos, if not much in politics. The Yadav family scion has taken many guises in the past few months. At times, he's dressed up as a Sadhu (monk) or in a Lord Krishna avatar, and on other occasions, he's turned horse-rider and hippie gymmer. This time around, in a video accessed by Republic, he is seen sporting a clean face and overlooking a large herd of cattle in Uttar Pradesh's Barsana. The Mataji Goshala, with over 25,000 cows, is one of the largest goshalas in the world.
Earlier in August, Tej Pratap was driving through Patna's Boring Road, and while stuck in traffic, he noticed the Dafali player seeking money from pedestrians because he was hungry. Tej Pratap acted, getting out of his car and taking the boy to a nearby restaurant. In a video from the restaurant, the boy is seen playing the Dafali, as Tej Pratap Yadav watches, and later, the two have a meal together, eating rolls. While they're eating, Tej Pratap appears to be conversing with the boy.
Tej Pratap, who is the older brother of Tejashwi Yadav who led the RJD through its disastrous performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, has appeared in many guises over the past year or so. He routinely dresses up as various gods and mythical figures, with his Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva looks becoming big talking points. However, mythology isn't the only sphere from which Tej Pratap draws inspiration in terms of his looks. Recently, he showcased his home gym and his new afro hairdo, both of which went viral.
On the political front, however, it remains to be seen how influential Tej Pratap can become in his party. The RJD was humbled in the 2019 elections, and rumours of a rift between brothers Tej Pratap and Tejashwi refuse to go away. Meanwhile, there have been regular reports of overtures from the RJD to the CM Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) over rejoining the Mahagathbandhan in the lead up to next year's Bihar elections.