Patna: Former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav, held a Q&A session live on Twitter to protect his and his party’s brand while at the same time launching scathing attacks on the NDA in general, and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in particular.
Dubbed as ‘Twitter Chaupal’, Yadav, the younger son of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, questioned the Nitish administration in Bihar saying the state was in the clutches of criminals where no one felt safe anymore.
Answering to a question, the former Deputy Chief Minister lamented corruption in the government, the dwindling law and order situation in Bihar, and the collapse of healthcare and education in the state.
“Because of these reasons, Biharis are leaving the state in large numbers. Until the standard of education is improved in the state and more employment opportunities are created, this phenomenon will continue to grow,” Yadav, who has been guarding the RJD fort in the absence of his father who is cooling his heels in a Ranchi prison in connection with a number of cases related to the fodder scam, said.
On the topic of NDA’s decision to provide 10% reservation to economically-challenged people from upper castes, the leader of the opposition in the state Assembly said that while his party had no issue with the Modi government’s decision, it took umbrage to the way it was announced just months before the next Lok Sabha polls.
“Did NDA carry out an independent survey to see if poor people from upper castes needed 10% reservation. Was there a commission formed for this purpose? What was the basis of this number?” he asked.
Taking a veiled shot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yadav said people should be wary of those who talk big but don’t back them with their works and accomplishments.
“It’s not necessary that he who talks the loudest is also the best performer. You have to judge a person by how much work he does,” Yadav said.
He also said that the Center should grant special status to Bihar without further delay.
Janata Dal – U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar wasted no time in responding to Yadav saying the ‘prince’ who was born with a golden spoon in his mouth is afraid to go to villages and instead spreading falsities through Twitter.
“He talks about corruption knowing full well that his father is rotting in jail on various corruption charges. Moreover, Tejaswi Yadav himself is facing a host of CBI probes in many corruption cases. He ceded the moral ground to talk on corruption a long time ago,” Kumar said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS