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In the December 3episode of Jhansi Ki Rani aired on Zee TV, Ali Bahadur is skeptical about joining hands with the British considering the East India Company's past. Lord Dalhousie convinces Ali Bahadur about the Company's intent to get him crowned as the new ruler of Jhansi. Lord Dalhousie plans to assassinate Gangadhar Rao without Ali Bahadur's knowledge.
Ali Bahadur meets Shyam Chaudhary and other prominent money lenders who have decided to extend a line of credit to the King of Jhansi. Ali Bahadur tells them not to extend the line of credit to Gangadhar Rao and asks them to join hands with him instead. He also declares that since he had Lord Dalhousie's backing, he will be proclaimed the king soon.
Gangadhar Rao gets apprehensive when Shyam Chaudhary and other lenders fail to meet him. At the same time, Shyam Chaudhary and others decide to support Ali Bahadur.
Shyam Chaudhary informs Gangadhar Rao about their decision to support Ali Bahadur. On seeing Ali Bahadur, Gangadhar Rao boils with anger and commands his soldiers to arrest Ali Bahadur.
Major Ellis appears in court and informs Gangadhar Rao that Lord Dalhousie has decided to proclaim Ali Bahadur as the new king of Jhansi since the current situationof the kingdom had become untenable. Gangadhar Rao, Laxmibai and others are shocked on hearing the proclamation.
In the December 6episode of Jhansi Ki Rani aired on Zee TV, Gangadhar Rao feels insulted on reading the document submitted by Major Ellis.Gangadhar Rao decides to meet Lord Dalhousie and ascertain the facts.
Ali Bahadur taunts Gangadhar Rao and asserts he is the future king of Jhansi. In anger, Gangadhar Rao orders his soldiers to imprison Ali Bahadur.
Laxmibai tries to stop Gangadhar Rao from meeting Lord Dalhousie but the King remains adamant claiming it was necessary to protect his kingdom.
Ali Bahadur points out to Rao Dulaju that Gangadhar Rao had committed a mistake by keeping him alive.
An oracle warns Laxmibai about the dangers faced by Gangadhar Rao.
When Laxmibai meets him in prison, Ali Bahadur declares he would be crowned the king of Jhansi. Laxmibai tries to stab him but is stopped by Rao Dulaju. Laxmibai commands Rao Dulaju to protect Ali Bahadur. As soon as Laxmibai leaves, Rao Dulaju informs Ali Bahadur that everything was going according to their plan.
Laxmibai learns from her subjects that money lenders were demanding money at a higher rate of interest. Laxmibai assures them that problems will be resolved once Gangadhar Rao visits Kanpur.
Lord Dalhousie informs Gangadhar Rao that Ali Bahadur had staked claim to the throne and had financial muscle to support his claim.
Meanwhile, Rao Dulaju helps Ali Bahadur escape from prison.
Lord Dalhousie shows Gangadhar Rao the treasure chest which had been offered to Ali Bahadur. Gangadhar Rao convinces Lord Dalhousie to sign a treaty under which the treasure chest would belong to Gangadhar Rao while the East India Company would get commisionary rights of Jhansi. Lord Dalhousie is confident Gangadhar Rao would prefer death to being humiliated at the hands of the Company.
The Prime Minister informs Laxmibai about Ali Bahadur's escape from prison.
After learning about Ali Bahadur's escape in the December 7 episode of Jhansi ki Rani aired on Zee TV, Laxmibai decides to go to Kanpur to ensure the safety of Gangadhar Rao. Major Ellis volunteers to accompany the queen.
The Prime Minister reminds Laxmibai about the peasant unrest in the country. Laxmibai believes the unrests are part of a conspiracy against the King.
Laxmibai, Major Ellis along with a contingent of Jhansi army proceeds for Kanpur. On their way, they meet a soothsayer. The soothsayer warns Laxmibai about the mishap which was about to befall on her. Laxmibai asserts her belief in God was much stronger than the danger faced by her husband.
Lord Dalhousie plans to assassinate Gangadhar Rao. Assailants hide inside the treasure chest to be handed over to Gangadhar Rao.
At the dead of the night, the assailants come out of the chests and kill the soldiers guarding the royal tents. Ali Bahadur warns the assailants that it was not the right time to attack the King as he was surrounded by guards.
Gangadhar Rao asks Tatya Tope and Raghunath to leave him alone as he wanted to complete the funeral rites of Damodar.
Laxmibai fears for the worst after the soothsayer's warning and prods Major Ellis to rush towards Kanpur.
While performing the rituals in the river, assailants attack the King. Tatya Tope and Raghunath get alarmed on seeing the King being attacked; however their efforts to reach the monarch are thwarted as they too come under attack.
Gangadhar Rao is stabbed by the assailants. When her nose ring comes off, Laxmibai fears the worst. The assailants leave Gangadhar Rao in the river and flee. He remembers his dead son and welcomes death with open arms.
Tatya Tope finds it increasingly hard to fight theassailants in the December 8episode of Jhansi Ki Rani aired on Zee TV. Laxmibai rescues Tatya Tope. She lends support to Tatya Tope and Raghunath to fight the assailants.
Gangadhar Rao is found floating on the river. Laxmibai, Tatya Tope, Raghunath and Major Ellis rush towards the pool. They fish the King out of the river.
Tatya Tope and Raghunath burst into tears fearing that the King had passed away. Laxmibai gets hysterical on seeing the duo in tears and takes Gangadhar Rao's body in her arms.
Laxmibai is relieved when she detects signs of life. Laxmibai and others lift the King and rush him to the palace.
Ali Bahadhur informs Lord Dalhousie that he had succeeded in murdering Gangadhar Rao. Lord Dalhousie tells him that until the news of Gangadhar Rao's death was officially announced, his chance of being the future king was uncertain.
Laxmibai comes across the soothsayer and asks him why he was not singing his usual song. The soothsayer points out to the sky. Laxmibai understands the import of his gesture: the string of life was in the hands of God. Laxmibai is left thinking.
In the December 9episode of Jhansi Ki Rani aired on Zee TV, the Raj Vaidya warns Laxmibai that Gangadhar Rao's condition was deteriorating with every passing moment and the King required advance treatment.
Major Ellis appears with the British doctor. The King refuses to consume the medicines. The British doctor is left in a quandary since Gangadhar Rao's condition was turning critical every second.
Gangadhar Rao wishes to crown Anand and asks the pandits to proceed with the ceremony. Laxmibai rejoices on learning about the King's wish.
Sundar informs Laxmibai that she was not wearing her nose ring; essential for all married women. Just as Laxmibai prepares to adorn herself with the ornament; she spots Gangadhar Rao lying motionless.
The Raj Vaidya declares Gangadhar Rao dead. Laxmibai rushes to meet the soothsayer and tries to find out from him whose death he had foretold. Laxmibai finds the soothsayer dead too.
The King's death is announced throughout Jhansi. Lord Dalhousie informs Ali Bahadur about Gangadhar Rao's death. Dalhousie asks Ali Bahadur to rush to Jhansi and feign grief at the King's demise.
The Raj Vaidya informs Tatya Tope that Laxmibai had forsaken the life of a queen and resolved to lead the life of a hermit. Tatya Tope gets worried and hopes that Laxmibai would change her decision. Vahini saheb confirms the news with Laxmibai.
In the December 10 episode of Jhansi ki Rani aired on Zee TV, Laxmibai recalls the moments spent with Gangadhar Rao as she performs the last rites of her husband.
With Gangadhar Rao dead, Ali Bahadur decides to march on Jhansi. In his address to his soldiers, Ali declares that the Queen has decided to renounce the kingdom after the King's death. However, resistance was expected from soldiers and aristocrats loyal to the deceased King, Ali asserts.
Laxmibai tells Moropant that Gangadhar Rao will always remain with her in her memories.
Ali Bahadur and his army march on Jhansi.
Unaware of the trouble heading their way, Laxmibai, Tatya Tope, Moropant and other aristocrats offer their last respects to Gangadhar Rao. Even as the Jhansi's subjects mourn the death of Gangadhar Rao, the Queen's decision to lead a life of ascetic causes them more concern. Even as the last rites are held, Laxmibai changes into the garb of a widow.
Ali Bahadur march on Jhansi is initially successful and he is hailed as the King of Jhansi. Ali Bahadurrejoices at the fact that he is happy tofulfill Lachcho Bai's dream.
In the December 13episode of Jhansi Ki Rani aired on Zee TV, Tatya Tope is alarmed on hearing about Ali Bahadur marching towards the palace at the head of an army.
Tatya Tope informs Laxmibai about the invasion. However, Laxmibai pays no heed to Tatya Tope. Fearing the worst, subjects of Jhansi flock to the palace and beseech the queen to take necessary step.
Ali Bahadur commands his soldiers to proceed towards the palace of Jhansi.
Gangadhar Rao's words resonate in Laxmibai's head. She visualizes Gangadhar Rao motivating her to fight. He also reminds her about her struggle to safeguard the kingdom of Jhansi.
Ali Bahadur and his soliders reach the palace of Jhansi. Jhansi army takes on Ali Bahadur's army.
Gangadhar Rao's appeal motivates Laxmibai to fight against Ali Bahadur. Tatya Tope and rest of the aristocrats are pleased on hearing the queen's decision.
Major Ellis tries to stop Ali Bahadur from entering the palace. When Ellis's attempt fails, Tatya Tope and Raghunath take on Ali Bahadur's soldiers.
In the midst of the fight, Ali Bahadur tries to plant his flag on the palace. However, his plan is foiled by the queen. On seeing Laxmibai, Ali Bahadur gets sacred and runs away.
Lord Dalhousie is disappointed by Laxmibai's success in foiling his plans. Dalhousie decides to renew his efforts knowing well that East India Company will not be able to rule India if it fails to annex Jhansi.
Going through Gangadhar Rao's letters and other belongings, Laxmibai learns that her husband had lost all hopes to live after Damodar's death. She also learns that Gangadhar Rao was confident about Jhansi's future with Laxmibai at the helm.
Laxmibai decides not to immerse Gangadhar Rao's ashes until she drives away British from Jhansi. She also vows not to spare anyone who betrays her Jhansi.
To create problems for Laxmibai and Jhansi, Dalhousie summons a British official
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