Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav, speaking to reporters in Delhi on Sunday, asked the Bihari voters to emulate their Delhi counterparts who, once again overwhelmingly rejected the divisive politics of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) giving Arvind Kejriwal his third consecutive term as the Chief Minister of Delhi.
"People of Bihar need to do exactly what they did in Delhi to reject the politics of division and hatred as espoused by the BJP and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who, shedding all pretense of being a secular leader, has now turned into an unabashed cheerleader of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and other divisive policies of Narendra Modi. However, in order to attain an NDA-free Bihar, it is our responsibility to form a formidable opposition in the state to show the door to Nitish Kumar who has completely destroyed Bihar in the last 15 years," Yadav, the son of Lalu Prasad Yadav who is credited for introducing 'Jungle Raj' in Bihar during his 15 years rule in the state marred by more than half a dozen financial scams, said.
Yadav, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar during the Nitish-led Grand Alliance rule, said he was embarking on his 'Berozgari Hatao' (Eliminate Poverty) Yatra from February 23 to expose the failure of the Nitish administration and to elect a government that was pro-people, like Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and not pro billionaires who, he said, controlled the current government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Taking shot at his bete noire Nitish Kumar, Yadav said that the Chief Minister was a very cunning fellow and a shape-shifter who would go to any extent to remain in power.
"He has no core or conviction and will do anything to keep occupying power. For years, he touted his secular credentials but now that he cannot go back to any other party, he has completely given up on any pretense of secularism and has adopted the divisive RSS ideologies," he said.
Despite infightings and constant struggle over the leadership, the RJD-led Grand Alliance remains fractured and a united front to take on Nitish Kumar, who has the support of Modi and Shah, remains a far-fetched fantasy particularly in light of party leader Lalu Prasad Yadav being behind bar in connection with several scams including the multi-crore rupees fodder scam.