Tej Pratap Yadav gets engaged with Aishwarya Rai in Lalu's absence

Lalu Prasad Yadav missed the engagement ceremony as he is now serving time in jail on charges of corruption. "Miss you Papa", Tej wrote simply on Twitter, just hours after he got engaged to Aishwarya.

The couple had recently met at the Patna airport when Tej Pratap was returning from New Delhi after meeting his father while Aishwarya was leaving for the national capital. The engagement ceremony of Tej Pratap and Aishwarya Rai will take place at Hotel Maurya. Following the ceremony, Rabri told reporters that Lalu was expected to be present in the wedding ceremony (on parole, if not bail). "I am hopeful that he will be able to attend my wedding on May 12", said Tej Pratap soon after the ceremony. "We will try to keep the function as simple and modest as possible as we are pained at our leader being in jail", a Rashtriya Janata Dal party leader was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. The flowers for the decoration had reportedly been brought from Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Pune. Aishwarya is the granddaughter of former chief minister Daroga Rai and daughter of former minister and six-time MLA Chandrika Rai.

She has two siblings - a sister and a brother. She also received an MBA from Amity University in Noida. Tej is the son of RJD chief and former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, who has also served as CM.

Tej Pratap joined politics ahead of the 2015 Bihar Assembly polls and represents the Mahua constituency in the state.

Vanessa Coleman