Lalu downplays clamour for Tejashwi as CM, says son still learning about politics
RJD chief Lalu Prasad has downplayed the demand for elevation of his son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav to the chief minister’s post, saying the young leader was still learning the intricacies of politics.india Updated: Feb 24, 2017 22:27 IST
RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Friday downplayed the demand for elevation of his son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav to the chief minister’s post, saying the young leader was still learning the intricacies of politics and would get a lot of opportunities to take up bigger responsibilities in the future.
“Tejashwi is young and learning the ropes. Time will be come for him to set the course,” he said, rubbishing speculations of growing rift within the RJD-JD(U) mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) over the top post.
“Chief minister Nitish Kumar is the leader of the alliance and on the chair. There is no vacancy there,” Lalu said.
But Lalu’s bid to downplay the demand for deputy CM Tejashwi’s elevation to the top post, coming just a day after his wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi endorsed it as a ”public demand”, has not impressed alliance partners.
Congress’ s Premchand Mishra and JD(U)’s Shyam Rajak cautioned the RJD from making such “frivolous statements”, saying it would create bad blood among the allies.
Opposition leader Prem Kumar also took potshots at the rumblings within the grand alliance, saying it was just a matter of time before the RJD being a senior partner in alliance would stake claim to the top post.
“These are the first shots. There is more to come”, he said.
The clamour to promote Tejashwi as CM has gained momentum within the RJD, with Belaganj (Gaya) MLA Surendra Yadav and party MP Bulo Mandal backing it to give Bihar a ”young leadership” like CM Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh.
Rabri, however, retracted from her statement on Tejashwi, saying her words had been misconstrued by people to create a political rift.
First Published: Feb 24, 2017 22:26 IST