A cricketer-turned-politician, Tejashwi Yadav, the younger son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, toiled hard on the electoral pitch of his Raghopur assembly constituency to secure a comfortable win. Lalu’s heir apparent talked about his future, including speculations over his elevation to the post of deputy chief minister. Excerpts:
Were you confident of a landslide victory for the GA?
The victory is a total rejection of the negative campaign by the BJP and PM Narendra Modi. I was always confident of a win as I had worked hard in the constituency.
There are speculations that you are tipped to be the next deputy chief minister.
I am ready to accept any role given to me. The posts will be decided by CM Nitish Kumar and coalition partners.
According to you, what will be the core issues the GA government will focus on?
My father and the CM buried their differences to form an alliance for the development of the state. We will focus on the social sector and address the needs of the poor and downtrodden. There will be a common minimum programme which the government will work on.
You handled the social media campaign for the RJD and rallied the youth. Did it help in electoral terms?
Yes, it helped immensely since we gave tickets to 60% youth in the age group of 25-45 years to bring fresh faces in the party. As for social media, we did a good job of punching holes in the BJP’s high-profile campaign.
The BJP accused the RJD of promoting family rule and ushering in ‘Jungle Raj’. How much impact did it have on the polls?
The landslide victory of the GA is a rejection of the ‘Jungle Raj’ tag and a mandate for the return of the people’s government in Bihar. The election this time was between the rich and the poor. They (BJP) accused us of promoting family rule because my siblings and I entered politics. But isn’t there a dynastic rule in the BJP as well?
So you feel the GA’s electoral arithmetic worked against the NDA.
Our alliance was always formidable. The votes, which used to get split before, returned to us.