Tej Pratap to launch Lalu-Rabri Morcha, field own candidates in LS polls
The Mahua MLA is said to be sulking for being sidelined in ticket distribution as he wanted two of his chosen candidates to be allotted party tickets from Sheohar and Jehanabad.Updated: Apr 02, 2019 02:15 IST
The ongoing feud in the RJD’s first family took a turn for worse on Monday with Tej Pratap Yadav announcing the formation of a new party, which he named after his parents — Lalu-Rabri Morcha —to field his own candidates in the soon-to-be-held Lok Sabha polls.
Peeved over the ‘neglect’ in the party, Tej Pratap trained his guns on his younger brother and leader of Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav for not paying heed to his demand for accommodating his recommendations for Jehanabad and Sheohar seats and said “he is completely surrounded by “chaatukars (yes men).”
The open rebellion by RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s eldest son and former health minister has come three days after he stepped down from the post of patron of party’s student wing to register his protest on being sidelined in the ticket distribution process.
On Saturday, Tej Pratap had announced that he would be backing Chandraprakash and Angesh Kumar for Jehanabad and Sheohar Lok Sabha seats if the party did not accommodate his choice of candidates and ‘support’ the former as an independent candidate if the party did not replace Surendra Yadav. The candidate for Sheohar seat is yet to be announced.
Tej Pratap had also hit the headlines by expressing his reservation on party’s decision to field his father-in-law Chandrika Rai from Saran Lok Sabha, a seat considered as pocket borough of RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
Addressing media persons on Monday evening to announce the formation of Lalu-Rabri Morcha, Tej Pratap said that he would urge his mother and former chief minister Rabri Devi to contest from their traditional seat of Saran. “If my request is not considered, I will enter the fray against my father- in-law Chandrika Rai as an independent,” he claimed.
Tej Pratap had filed a divorce petition against his wife Aishwarya Rai within six months of his marriage and has been sulking over the fact that his family chose to stand by the side of his wife, forcing him to stay away from his home. He was recently allotted a bungalow, after he called Nitish Kumar to share his inconvenience as a public figure.
Though he has, time and again, maintained there was no rift with his younger brother while claiming himself to be the charioteer of Arjun (Tejashwi Prasad Yadav).
Tejashwi was chosen as the party nominee for the post of deputy chief minister in the Nitish Kumar government. He is viewed as Lalu’s political heir and has been taking decisions in his absence.
Tej Pratap said youths were neglected in the party and those who dedicated their lives for taking the party forward had no place in the present scheme of things. “We will put up deserving candidates under the banner of Lalu-Rabri Morcha,” he said.
So far, senior RJD leaders had taken Tej Pratap’s outbursts as a pressure tactic. But with today’s announcement, RJD’s national vice-president Shivanand Tiwary got into the fire fighting mode, urging Tej Pratap’s parents to ask him to desist from his open defiance of party line, which, he said “was a cause of embarrassment.”