Former chief minister Rabri Devi, on Thursday, triggered a new talking point, on the first day of the budget session.of the state legislature. While speaking on the future of the Grand Alliance government in Bihar, she backed, what she called a ‘public’ demand’ for the elevation of her son and deputy chief minister, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, to the post of chief minister.
“The people of Bihar want to see Tejashwi Yadav as chief minister, so what is wrong about it?” she quipped in the presence of media persons, soon after the conclusion of an RJD legislature party meeting.
The demand for Tejashwi’s elevation has been making the rounds in different quarters, with RJD youth wing leader Bulo Mandal raising it often on various fora.
“In democracy, public is the real master and it is the wish of the people that matters. What people want, should be done,” insisted Rabri, wife of RJD president, Lalu Prasad.
Rabri’s utterance once again set sparks flying, with the Opposition saying this was yet another instance of growing trouble within the ruling alliance.
JD (U) senior leader Shyam Rajak tried to downplay the issue and said, “In democracy, every person has the right to express himself. For us, Nitish Kumar is the undisputed leader of GA and there is no difference as such among alliance partners.”
The BJP, on the other hand, was quick to lap up the comment and said that it was “but natural” for the RJD to make such a demand.
“Her claim is natural. RJD is a larger party than JD (U) in the alliance. They won more seats than JD (U). So the claim to the CM’s post is genuine one as Lalu Prasad, indicted in a fodder scam case, cannot be a candidate anymore,” said senior BJP leader, Sushil Kumar Modi.