Tejaswi Fit to be India's Prime Minister; Says RJD Leader

RJD leaders Abdul Ghafoor and Tejaswi Yadav.

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Patna: Bihar Minority Welfare Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Abdul Ghafoor on Monday fluttered some feathers in the Janata Dal – U when he said that the current Deputy Chief Minister and RJD rookie politician Tejaswi Yadav was more of a 'PM Material' than a 'CM Material'.

Speaking at a press conference, Ghafoor said that he did not believe Tejaswi Yadav was a Chief Minister material since he was more suitable for the Prime Minister's post.

"He (Tejaswi Yadav) is a PM material more than a CM material and I am sure one day he would make a great Prime Minister of India," the minister said.

RJD leader Abdul Ghafoor (right) with jailed ex-RJD leader Mohammed Shahabuddin (file photo).The RJD leader's comment, while certainly intended to improve his stock in the RJD family, was seen by many as a snub to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who has been said to be nurturing the dream of becoming the Prime Minister of India for last several years.

"It is a well-known fact that Nitish Kumar is experienced and hardened enough to become a great Prime Minister on the first day of his job. Unlike others, he does not need on the job training. Tejaswi Yadav is new to politics and it is ridiculous to compare his experience and skills to those possessed by Nitish Kumar," said a Nitish supporter.

It may be recalled that Ghafoor recently grabbed the headlines after a picture of him sharing niceties with convicted criminal and former RJD leader Mohammed Shahabuddin in Siwan jail went viral putting the Chief Minister in an awkward situation while forcing the RJD leadership to go defensive trying to explain the meeting between the two RJD leaders.

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