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As many as 50 horses, elephants, tribal percussionists and over 7,000 guests marked the much-hyped wedding of RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son Tej Pratap Yadav with former Bihar CM Daroga Prasad Rai's granddaughter Aishwarya Rai in Patna on Saturday.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi who were also scheduled to attend the event had not reached the wedding venue till late evening.

However, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, who had said he will attend the ceremony and bless the couple, could not make it as he had to leave for Poland.

Mr Prasad's youngest son Tejaswi Yadav, also Leader of Opposition in state Assembly acted like a flawless host spending some moments by sitting with chief minister Mr Kumar in a jovial mood.

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Whilst the chief minister came at the college grounds in Patna - the marriage place - that had been greeted with loud cheers.

Meanwhile, the celebratory mood at the houses of former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, the groom's mother, and MLA Chandrika Rai, the bride's father, has grown more intense since Prasad's arrival. RJD leader Shivanand Tewari said, "He has been given parole with his hands and legs tied and mouth taped".

Bhola Yadav, RJD General Secretary and a close aide of Lalu Yadav, accompanied him from Ranchi.

Lalu's eldest daughter Misa Bharati was also present in the ceremony with her family.

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The high profile wedding, which according to reports is set to see over 10,000 guests (an estimate given by RJD leaders), has been the talk of the town as speculations over Lalu Yadav's parole heightened as the marriage date approached.

His lawyer had sought three months provisional bail on health grounds, telling the court that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief wanted to get treated in Mumbai.

News of a provisional bail for Lalu and dismissal of another case against Tejashwi in the Jharkhand High Court lifted the family's spirits.

Patna police have made special arrangements for the security of VVIP and VIP guests.

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