Patna: The public show for the quest of a new President for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) came to an end on Sunday when Lalu Prasad Yadav, the one and only President of the party in the RJD's entire history, also the only candidate in the race, submitted his nomination papers in the presence of his sons and other senior party leaders.
Though election of Yadav to the party's President's post was merely a formality and a foregone conclusion, members of the party wasted no time in congratulating the former Chief Minister of Bihar on his imminent election.
Despite some veiled criticism of the party leadership for not allowing non-family members to ascend to senior positions, including the highest post perpetually occupied by the dynasty patriarch Lalu Prasad Yadav, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, an old foot soldier resigned to his fate within the party, said that the time was hard within the RJD only Yadav who could steer the party to a safer ground.
"The party is undergoing an internal crisis and there's no one better than the RJD chief himself to pull it out of its current situation," Singh said in a vague reference to dozens of CBI and other probes against Yadav and his family members.
Meanwhile, displaying extreme bravado, Yadav put up a tough face against his sworn enemies, that is, Narendra Modi, Nitish Kumar and their supporters saying it was only he who had the power to destroy these 'anti-national' elements.
"The country is going through an 'emergency-like' situation. The demonetization and GST move was ill thought-out and now the who nation is suffering because of it. I will teach these fake patriots a lesson that they will never forget. They will spend millions of rupees to defeat us but their money will go to waste," Yadav, who is under CBI scanner for amassing properties and has been barred from taking part in any state or national election due to his conviction in the fodder scam, said while demanding immediate recall of the both GST and demonetization.
The RJD chief, who is miffed at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for literally making his two sons unemployed after he walked out of the Grand Alliance last July, also swore to teach the Janata Dal – U leader a lesson saying neither the JD-U nor Kumar had the power to send him or his family members to jail and he was not afraid of his hollow threats.
"I will bring all like-minded parties under one umbrella to defeat the communal and fascist force that is destroying Bihar and the entire nation," Yadav pledged.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS