Tejaswi's Leadership in GA is Settled; Not Up for Debate: Jagadanand

RJD state president Jagadanand Singh (file photo).

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Patna: Reacting sharply to the drumbeat of a new leadership in the Grand Alliance in Bihar with Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief and former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi being the most loud voice of all, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Jagadanand on Saturday shrugged off the demand saying the RJD was a major party in Bihar and only a leader of a major party was eligible for the highest position in the alliance.

Putting his weight behind RJD de facto president Tejaswi Yadav, Jagadanand said that the former Deputy Chief Minister was the leader of the RJD and RJD was the major party of Bihar.

"Only the leader of a major party qualifies to be the leader of the any alliance. The Mahagathbandhan leaders should realize by now that those who are opposed to this idea will no longer be part of the alliance soon. This is how the system works in each state," he said.

Giving examples of states like Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Kerala, Jagadanand said that if one looked into the political arrangements within the alliance, one would be quick to understand how these things worked.

"In 2015 we made the mistake of making someone from a smaller party the leader of the alliance and look how it turned out. We will not make that mistake again," said the JD-U leader in reference to Nitish Kumar who had abruptly quit the NDA alliance in 2013 and was re-elected as Bihar's Chief Minister under the RJD-led Grand Alliance with Tejaswi Yadav as his deputy.

Continuing to make his point, Jagadanand said that the leadership of Tejaswi Yadav was a foregone conclusion and the topic was no longer up for discussion despite insistence by the Congress, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) for a new leadership.

"Time has come for a new blood and Tejaswi Yadav will be the Chief Minister of Bihar in 2020 regardless of what others say," he said.

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