Bihar polls: Lalu’s older son is ‘younger’ than his brother

  • Rajesh Kumar Thakur, Hindustan Times, Mahua
  • Updated: Oct 06, 2015 11:36 IST
RJD chief Lalu Prasad talking to the media after filing of nomination papers by his son Tej Pratap (L) from Mahula assembly constituency, in Hajipur on Monday. (PTI Photo)

RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s older son Tej Pratap Yadav is a year junior to his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav, according to an affidavit filed with the returning officer of Mahua assembly seat.

According to the affidavit filed by Tej Pratap, he is 25 years old, while the one filed by Tejashwi for the Raghopur seat on Saturday shows he is 26.

Both Mahua and Raghopur are dominated by Yadavs, RJD’s traditional vote-base.

Although RJD leaders said Tej Pratap’s could have been a case of oversight, this has left many in the party red-faced.

Unlike Tejashwi, who dropped out of school in 2006 to pursue cricket and business, Tej Pratap passed his intermediate from the Bihar School Examination Board in 2010.

The affidavit also says Tej Pratap has moveable and immovable assets worth more than Rs 2 crore. He jumped into the fray with Rs 1.25 lakh cash in hand and Rs 4.45 lakh in banks. His liability is a bank loan of Rs 18.45 lakh.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad with sons Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap at a rally. An affidavit filed by Tej Pratap suggests that he is actually the younger of the pair. (PTI Photo)

In his income tax return for 2014-15, Tej Pratap has shown Rs 4.45 lakh as his total income while ‘younger-turned-elder’ brother Tejashwi’s income for the same fiscal was Rs 5.09 lakh.

Tej Pratap is accused in one case of disrupting government work in Patna.

After filing his nomination papers, Tej Pratap said the grand alliance oof the JD(U)-Congress-RJD would emerge victorious in the elections as the electorate has called the bluff of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. “The people are excited about the grand alliance,” Tej Pratap said.

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