Legislator Demands End of Dynastic Rule in the RJD; Demands Tejaswi's Resignation

RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav (file photo).

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Patna: With the Grand Alliance in Bihar on the verge of disintegrating in the aftermath of colossal drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, rebel Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mahesh Yadav was the first one to question the party leadership saying Tejaswi Yadav was unfit to be the leader of the opposition in the state Assembly and should resign from his post immediately.

"RJD leaders, legislators, and workers are fed up with the dynastic politics of the Lalu family. They are feeling suffocated and now that the party has failed to win even a single seat in Bihar, Tejaswi Yadav, the son of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, must resign from his post as the leader of the opposition in Bihar assembly at once," he said.

Yadav, an RJD legislator from Gai Ghat in Muzaffarpur district, talking to reporters in Patna on Monday, without mentioning any name, said that a number of party legislators have told him in confidence that they felt throttled in the dynastic party run by Lalu-Rabri family where senior party leaders where effectively sidelined to make room for family members like Tejaswi and Tej Pratap Yadav.

"Our party leaders are sick and tired of this family rule and are pining to break out of the shackle and come out as leaders in their own right. Our party failed to win even a single seat in the Lok Sabha elections and it is solely because of the fact that the party is run like a family business with missing democratic values," he said.

Giving examples of the party's insistence on one-family rule, Yadav said that when party president Lalu Prasad Yadav was going to jail in connection with the fodder scam in 1997, he made his wife Rabri Devi the Chief Minister of Bihar in spite of the fact Rabri Devi was the most unqualified person at the time. Later, when the RJD came into power with the help of Janata Dal – U in 2015, Lalu Prasad Yadav made his son Tejaswi Yadav the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, once again ignoring many senior leaders in the party.

Later in 2017, when Nitish Kumar broke away from the Mahagathbandhan to go back into the NDA fold and RJD became the largest opposition party, once again senior leaders were ignored and an inexperienced Tejaswi Yadav was made the leader of the opposition in the state Assembly," the rebel leader said.

"If the RJD fails to remove Tejaswi Yadav from the post of leader of the opposition in Bihar, the party will suffer even more in the next year's Assembly elections," he warned.

As reported earlier, Congress leaders in Bihar have also blamed the RJD for the complete destruction of the Grand Alliance in the state and said that if the RJD did not mend its way, the Congress may break away from the alliance and go solo in the state elections next year.


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