Tejashwi meets Rahul, discusses Bihar issues, opposition unity
Sources said Tejashwi apprised Gandhi about the situation in Bihar and the issues that needed to be raised in the run up to the polls.patna Updated: Jun 08, 2018 09:32 IST
Leader of opposition in Bihar, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Thursday called on Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence in New Delhi and discussed a wide range of issues, including the political scenario in Bihar and the opposition unity.
The meeting that lasted 40 minutes holds significance in the light of RJD’s recent bypoll win in Jokihat assembly constituency and its attempts to forge an anti-BJP front ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Sources said Tejashwi apprised Gandhi about the situation in Bihar and the issues that needed to be raised in the run up to the polls.
Fruitful meeting with @RahulGandhi Ji. Bliss was it to be in that dawn..to be young was all the more heaven.— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) June 7, 2018
We are committed to take nation out of the climate of fear generated by this regime. Watch out! Shall come out wth a committed programme for farmers,youth,women,poor... pic.twitter.com/lPX2uEAiYJ
RJD sources said the party leader also spoke of growing unease among people of the state against NDA government over poor governance and rising crime. The Centre’s denial of special status to Bihar and non-provision of special package as promised during 2014 poll campaign also came up during the meeting.
“Tejashwi apprised the AICC president about the recent good performance by the RJD in Jokihat bypoll and how secular forces were getting huge public support in Bihar,” said Sanjay Yadav, a close aide of the RJD leader.
Sources said they also discussed the need for strengthening the RJD-Congress alliance and working out a seat sharing arrangement early so that candidates get enough time to campaign.
Incidentally, the Yadav scion’s meeting with Congress president came on a day when NDA has convened a meeting of all its partners in Patna in a show of unity amid speculations that there was growing unease among the allies, including JD(U), over seat sharing strategy.
RJD insiders said the meeting between Tejashwi and Gandhi also signified growing bonhomie between the two young leaders. Recently, Tejashwi also endorsed Gandhi’s claim for prime minister’s post if the Congress emerged as the single largest party after the Lok Sabha polls.
A senior RJD leader said the party would soon launch a campaign against the state government to expose its alleged failures.