Addressing a rally at Parsa on Friday, he dragged the failed marriage of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s eldest son Tej Pratap in his speech to rile against the former chief minister. Tej Pratap’s former father-in-law Chandrika Rai, son of former Chief Minister Daroga Prasad Rai, is the BJP candidate from Parsa this time, having defected from RJD. He is said to be on a weak wicket, which might have prompted Nitish Kumar, uncharacteristically, to refer to the alleged mistreatment of Tej Pratap’s estranged wife by the family members of Lalu Yadav.
By doing so, he flouted the traditional practice in Indian politics of ignoring the personal and private lives of rivals. Marital affairs, adventures and misadventures are pointedly ignored in political speeches. But by dragging the domestic affair into the public at Parsa, the chief minister might have done more harm than good to not only his own image and stature but also to the NDA candidate. Because, soon after the rally, tongues began to wag about the marital affairs of several NDA leaders. “If the chief minister wants to discuss the ill treatment of wives, we too could raise similar issues,” quipped a RJD leader on condition of anonymity.