Tej Pratap Yadav, son of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav is all set to tie the knot with Aishwarya Rai in a starry affair on Saturday. Aishwarya is the daughter of RJD legislator Chandrika Rai and the granddaughter of former Bihar Chief Minister Daroga Prasad Rai.
Earlier on Friday, the pre-wedding celebrations started with a few traditional rituals like 'Haldi' and 'Matkor' at their houses. The bungalows of both the RJD leaders have been decorated with imported flowers while green chillies and lemons were tied at several points to ward off the evil eye.
Several renditions of folk tunes on shehnai and other musical instruments made the celebration extra special.
Earlier on Friday, Lalu Yadav was granted a six-week provisional bail by the Jharkhand High Court, giving the celebration a higher notch.
Talking about the high-profile wedding ceremony, around 50,000 guests are expected to attend the function at the sprawling veterinary college ground in Patna. The expensive venue in the heart of Bihar's capital city would boast of more than 200 food stalls to serve the guests.
From starters to the main course, guests will enjoy a taste of the authentic Bihari cuisine such as litti chokha, makka roti and many more. The food will be vegetarian as the RJD chief believes that non-vegetarian dishes should be avoided during such pious occasion.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi are among the top dignitaries, who are likely to attend the gala event on Saturday.
RJD national general secretary and MLA Bhola Yadav has also confirmed the presence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, former Jharkhand CMs Hemant Soren and Babu Lal Marandi and former Union law minister Ram Jethmalani are also expected to join the celebration.
The invitation had also been sent out to President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.
"We would like them all to bless the young couple if their busy schedule permits them to do so," Lalu's elder daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Misha Bharti said.
Here are the LIVE updates on Tej Pratap Yadav-Aishwarya Rai marriage:
# 07:00 PM:
Attended a wedding in Patna. pic.twitter.com/DBDHCUraHF— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) May 12, 2018
#05:00 PM: Celebrations are in full-swing outside RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s residence: The members of nagada team, led by Durga Mahli are performing outside the home. They have come all the way from Jharkhand's Lohardaga district.
# 04:30 PM: Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel attends the wedding: "Attended the Marriage ceremony of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav Ji's son Tej Pratap in Patna today. Spent good time with @laluprasadrjd ji and his family and also met @subhashchandra ji among others. My best wishes to the newly married couple and many congratulations to the family," Patel twitted.
Attended the Marriage ceremony of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav Ji's son Tej Pratap in Patna today. Spent good time with @laluprasadrjd ji and his family and also met @subhashchandra ji among others. My best wishes to the newly married couple and many congratulations to the family! pic.twitter.com/jabEkMT5Wy— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) May 12, 2018
# 04:00 PM: Tejaswi Yadav dancing on brother Tej Pratap's marriage: Tejaswi on Saturday took to the social media platform Facebook and posted a video of him shaking legs with elder brother Tej Pratap. "Desi Boys on the floor," Tejaswi captioned the video.
# 03:06 PM: Poster seen outside the residence of Lalu Prasad Yadav, depicting groom Tej Pratap Yadav as Lord Shiva and bride Aishwarya as Goddess Parvati.
# 03:05 PM: Wedding dress: Tej Pratap will be wearing a simple cream kurta with white pyjama as he prefers simple, fuss-free designs over elaborate ethnic Indian wear, according to his designer Azimur Rahman.
# 02:53 PM: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Lalu: "Heartiest congratulations @laluprasadrjd Lalu Ji on the happy occasion of the marriage of your son. Also happy too that you got bail. Best wishes to your family." Banerjee tweeted.