It's been five months since Bihar politicians Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi's elder son Tej Pratap moved out of the family home. The mercurial Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader has met his parents on some occasions but has not returned home in Patna. In an emotional message, his mother Rabri Devi has asked Tej Pratap Yadav to return for good.
"Bahut hua, laut aao beta" (Enough son, please return home)," she said, adding she talks to Tej Pratap Yadav daily on phone.
When asked about reported rift between Tej Pratap and her younger son Tejashwi Yadav, she said there was no truth in it and was a creation of vested interests.
"Some people have been trying to instigate and mislead my son. It is possible that our rivals', BJP and JD-U, people may be behind it," she added.
"I miss Lalu ji...his absence is really painful. Without him everything is useless. Hope, he will come back soon," she added.
Earlier, Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had taken a stern stand against Tej Pratap Yadav's demands wanting to get his close aides the Jehanabad and Sheohar seats for the ensuing elections.
RJD on Sunday announced Syed Faisal Ali as the last candidate contesting from Sheohar seat in the Bihar Lok Sabha elections in which 40 seats are up for grabs. This announcement came as a major setback for Tej Pratap who wanted his close aides Chandra Prakash Yadav and Angesh Singh for the Jehanabad and Sheohar candidacy.
Amid the reports of him launching a separate party 'Lalu-Rabri Morcha', Tej Pratap Yadav on Saturday posted a tweet, clearing the air that he would stay with the Rashtriya Janata Dal.
The former RJD's students wing convener said, "It is a rumour that I am starting a new political party. I completely dismiss the reports. Rashtriya Janata Dal is my party, and will always remain so."
(With inputs from agencies)