RJD backs Tejashwi as CM face for 2020 polls
Despite the party’s dismal show in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in which it drew a blank, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Saturday reiterated its stand of contesting the coming 2020 assembly polls under the leadership of Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, who will be its chief ministerial candidate.
On Saturday, the RJD passed a political resolution at its national executive meeting, reaffirming that the next election would be fought under the leadership of Tejashwi, currently the leader of Opposition in Bihar, and guidance of jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
The party also underlined in the resolution that the Yadav scion would be the party’s CM’S face, a reiteration of the last political resolution passed in the party’s national executive held in November 2016.
The national executive meeting was attended by party’s key functionaries, apart from former chief minister Rabri Devi, Tejashwi, Tej Pratap and Misa Bharti, who is a Rajya Sabha member.
Tejashwi addressed key functionaries for the first time after the Lok Sabha polls, insisting that there were many factors for the debacle, but the shortcomings needed to be addressed.
He said a split of secular votes had to be checked and the RJD’S association with the Congress would continue, but added that his party required to tone up its organisational structure. He also hinted at the speculation about a growing rift between BJP and JD(U) after the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar, but rubbished talk in political circles that RJD was weighing options of realigning with the JD(U).
“There is suspense over the relationship between BJP and JD(U) . There are many theories going around. But we have not received proposal from anywhere,” he said.
The opposition leader advised party legislators to work hard and strengthen the booth level committees, a key strategy adopted by all major parties to mobilise voters during the polling day. “I am open to suggestions. We have lost but we can win also,” he said, even as he attacked the state government over deaths of children due to AES, drought-like situation and unemployment.
In his speech, Tejashwi also described the union budget placed on Friday as “hollow”, which had “disappointed” the people of the Bihar.
Former CM Rabri Devi too exhorted the party workers to work at the grassroots and rope in all sections in the party’s fight to uphold social justice and secularism.
Incidentally, dissenting voices continued to be heard at the meeting with party’s senior leader Shivanand Tiwary once again accusing the Yadav scion of promoting only one section of people in the party and not playing inclusive politics by roping in all sections and castes groups. Tiwary’s reference was an apparent indication to predominance of Yadavs in the party.
He also questioned why the party was partial in taking
action against those indulging in anti-party activities. It is worth mentioning that Tejashwi’s elder brother, Mahua MLA Tej Pratap Yadav, had fielded two candidates, from Jehanabad and Sheohar, against official nominees in the Lok Sabha polls, but the party did not take any action against him.
However, state president of the RJD, Ram Chandra Purbe, maintained there was no internal rift in the party and all senior leaders had the right to express their views. “We are a democratic party,” said another senior leader Alok Mehta.
The party also passed political resolutions on challenges before the country, need for resisting the alleged attempts by the Bjpled NDA at the Centre to weaken democratic institutions and expose the failure of the state and central government in addressing issues of farmers, youths and weaker sections.