Lalu on Backfoot after Projecting his Son as the Next CM of Bihar

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav holding a press meet in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: A day after he dropped the name of his son as the next Chief Minister of Bihar causing a murmur within other party leaders, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday tried to tone down his rhetoric saying all he was trying to say was that his son was a very good orator and had all the qualities of a good leader but if people wanted to him to be the Chief Minister of Bihar then nobody could stop him.

Speaking at a press conference in Patna, Yadav made a feeble attempt to assuage senior party leaders like Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and a few others stating the media twisted his words about what he said about his son and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav.

"He is politically savvy and is a good orator. This I am saying not just because he is my son but it is true. Though his time hasn't come yet but in future if the people of Bihar want to see him as the Chief Minister of Bihar then no can stop him," Yadav who has historically promoted his family members, including his wife Rabri Devi, his eldest daughter Misa Bharti, and two of his sons, to top positions in the government and within the party, said.

His clarification, however, has not tempered down anger and dissatisfaction within the senior party leadership that has spent nearly their entire life supporting the party chief and his family members.

"This is too early to talk about who would be the next Chief Ministerial candidate in Bihar. No one has the power to decide who would be the face of the party as it's only the people of Bihar who will choose their next leader," said Raghuvansh Prasad Singh who, many say, believes he has been wronged by Lalu Prasad Yadav on more than one occasion in his political career due to the rampant nepotism within the party.

Siddiqui, who also has a history of being the bridesmaid in the RJD but never the bride, dismissed Yadav's crass promotion of his son saying his words were misconstrued as no name was mentioned as the next Chief Minister of Bihar.


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