Tejashwi Yadav responds to brother’s claim that Lalu is being held hostage
After former Bihar minister Tej Pratap Yadav claimed his father and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was being held hostage in Delhi, his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav said such claims did not match to the “stature” of his father, who was once the chief minister of Bihar.
On Saturday, Tej Pratap said that despite Lalu’s release from prison nearly a year ago, he was “held hostage in Delhi” by those who dream of becoming the national leader of the RJD.
“My father is not well. There are 4-5 people in the party who saw the dream of becoming the national leader of Rashtriya Janata Dal. He was released from prison nearly a year ago but is being held hostage in Delhi, ”he told ANI.
However, in response to his brother’s allegations, the leader of the opposition in the State Assembly, Tejashwi, said on Sunday: “Lalu Ji has been the chief minister of Bihar for a long time. He even had LK Advani arrested. These things don’t match his stature.
It comes amid tensions within the RJD party, following alleged fallout between the two brothers. Tejashwi last month, in what is seen as a message to Tej Pratap, said everyone should “follow party discipline.”
Feeling marginalized in the party, Tej Pratap launched a new organization in September – Chhatra Janshakti Parishad – who would parallel Chhatra RJD, the student wing of the party. Tej Pratap is also reportedly not on good terms with Jagdanand Singh, the chairman of state unity. This had prompted Singh to quit his post. He was, however, persuaded by Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi to keep the post.