Tejaswi Yadav Comes Out in Defense of Fruit Vendors

RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav standing up for fruit vendors in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: After remaining out of limelight for the past three months raising questions about his involvement in the party his father founded, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) unofficial acting president Tejaswi Yadav surfaced in Patna on Monday when he came out in favor of the sidewalk fruit vendors who were the latest target of the administration in its drive against illegal encroachment in the state capital.

As reported, Yadav, upon hearing of the news of the district administration's plan to remove the fruit stalls from near the Income Tax roundabout, reached there with other party members to stop the workers from removing their shops.

However, after arriving at the spot of his interest, he found no one trying to take down the fruit shops. He then gave the number of his personal cell phone to the vendors directing them to call him as soon someone tried to displace them.

"Until they produce a letter by a senior official authorizing the removal of the shops, we will not allow them to take away the livelihoods of the poor," the former Deputy Chief Minister said before leaving for his home.

Meanwhile, RJD state president Ram Chandra Purvey, in a letter to the Development Commissioner, demanded to know by whose authority the district administration was removing the roadside shops and what arrangements were made by the government to relocate and rehabilitate the displaced vendors.

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