IndiaNewsNetwork.IN Bureau | 6th Sept 2015: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh married TV anchor Amrita Rai in Chennai late last month, reported the TOI while quoting an Indian Express report. Amrita Rai is the anchor of Rajya Sabha TV and the couple were having an affair for a long time.
The ex-CM of Madhya Pradesh is in US at present and Amrita Rai was unavailable for comment, according to Indian Express.
Singh confirmed his marriage with Amrita Rai, today, speaking to India Today over phone, he is currently in US and will make an official announcement about his marriage once he returns.
” Haan meri shadi ho gayi hai Amrita se (Yes, I am married to Amrita now). Right now I am in US for her treatment. Will make the official announcement about my marriage when I return to India,” he said. The 68-year-old Congress leader had confirmed his relationship with Rai, 44, in April last year.
“I have no hesitation in accepting my relationship with Amrita Rai. She and her husband have already filed a mutual consent divorce case,” the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh had tweeted.
“Once that is decided we would formalize it. But I do condemn encroachment in our private life,” the Congress general secretary had said after media reports about their relationship appeared.
Singh’s wife Asha passed away in 2013 after prolonged illness. He has four daughters and a son from his first marriage.
Amrita Rai also posted about her marriage with Digvijaya on her Facebook wall. Rai, 44, who currently works for Rajya Sabha TV, also took to Twitter to confirm her relationship with Digivijaya Singh and her separation from husband Anand Pradhan.
“She and her husband have already filed a mutual consent divorce case. Once that is decided we would formalise it,” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister had then tweeted.
“I have separated from my husband and we have filed a mutual consent divorce papers. After which I have decided to marry with Digvijaya Singh,” she had tweeted.
Digvijaya’s first wife Asha Singh passed away in February 2013 after battling cancer for several years.
Last year, the couple were in the eye of a storm when intimate photographs of the two of them holidaying in Manila “leaked” into the public domain. There were rumours that Amrita Rai had herself leaked the images to “coerce” Singh to publicly accept their relationship which was going on for some time.
Amrita was a journalist with NDTV and was working with Rajya Sabha TV laer on. Anand Pradhan and Amrita had been living separately for quite some years. Digvijay was in a consensual relationship with Amrita at a time when his wife was battling cancer. Amrita Rai then filed a case for encroachment of privacy claiming that her social accounts were hacked.
Amrita Rai’s erstwhile husband Anand Pradhan put up a post on a social networking website clearing the air of doubt. He mentioned how the couple has been going through a rough patch and it is their mutual decision to part ways amicably. He explains how Rai has been and is free to take her own decisions. All he wants from the public is to support him through this.
He said, ” People who are unable to understand the minute details of a man and woman’s relationship, who refuse to acknowledge a woman’s existence and her independence, who are not ready to look at a woman away from how the patriarchal society looks at them, who think a woman is a machine to produce children and a personal property, who don’t respect a woman’s dignity; for them this is an opportunity to make fun, fling mud and get personal.”
However, all’s well that ends well….
The IndiaNewsNetwork.IN team wishes Digvijaya Singh and Amrita Rai, a happy married life and lots of success…