The absence of Tejashwi Yadav from the 23rd Foundation day celebrations of the Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) today prompted the speculations about a rift in the Yadav family. Former CM of Bihar and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s wife Rabri Debi and their elder son Tej Pratap Yadav were the only members present from the Yadav family. While Lalu Yadav is serving his sentence in jail in Fodder Scam, Tejasvi Yadav’s absence was unexplained.
Speaking at the event, Tej Pratap Yadav tried to damp down the speculations and clarified that he was sent to the event by his brother Tejashwi Yadav only. He said that the rivals of the RJD are spreading rumours of a split between him and his brother. Comparing himself and Tejashwi to Lord Krishna and Arjuna respectively, Tej Pratap said that whoever would try to come between him and his brother would be slain by the Sudarshan Chakra (Lord Krishna’s weapon).
Remembering his father and Fodder scam convict Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tej Pratap urged the party workers to make efforts to bring his father out of jail. He said that his father has been falsely implicated in the Fodder scam case. He called for a movement to spread the ideology of his father and named it as LP movement (Lalu Prasad movement) on the lines of JP movement (Jay Prakash Narayan movement).
Tej Pratap always finds ways to remain in the news. In the month of April this year, he had reportedly decided to launch ‘Lalu Rabri Morcha’ after resigning from the Youth Wing of RJD. He had also announced that he would contest from the Saran seat as an independent candidate even if an RJD candidate is fielded from the seat.