Patna: After returning from a self-imposed six-week exile from politics after his parties utter evisceration in the hands of the NDA in the last Lok Sabha elections, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) acting president Tejaswi Yadav declared that his party 'did not lose the election' but instead, 'it was forced to lose the election'.
Speaking at a meeting of the youth wing of the party, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar refused to take any responsibility for the loss of his party and instead offered his take on why his party failed to win even a single seat in Bihar
Yadav, without taking any name, suggested that his party's defeat was part of a grand conspiracy hatched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that essentially rigged the election in its favor in Bihar and other parts of the country.
The youngest offspring of former Chief Ministers power duo Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi further said that the NDA had launched a vicious smear campaign against the RJD but people should pay no attention to them because the NDA had no moral high ground to lecture others on any issue.
The RJD leader rubbished the claim of his own senior party leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh saying there was no chance the Grand Alliance would take Janata Dal – U leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar back in its fold after he was proven to be a serial betrayer following his decision to ditch the BJP in 2013 and then again leaving the Grand Alliance in 2017.
"Raghuvansh Babu is free to speak his mind but it's only his opinion. With Nitish Kumar's long history of betrayal, there is no chance he or his party would ever be admitted back in the Mahagathbandhan," he said adding despite the recent talk of replacing Nitish Kumar with a BJP face from the Chief Minister's post, there was not a single credible BJP leader in Bihar despite being in power for nearly 15 years in the state.