Once partners of the alliance, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the ruler Janata Dal United (JD-U) were once again locked in a war of words as Prime Minister Nitish Kumar referred to his former deputy Tejashwi Prasad Yadav as a “child”, the head of the RJD, Lalu Prasad, came to the defense of his youngest son.
“Tejashwi bachcha nahi, unka chachha hai (Tejashwi is not a child but the uncle of Nitish Kumar),” said Lalu, rhyming the ‘bachcha’ beard against his youngest son, who is also the leader of the opposition in the state Assembly, with ‘chachha’ ‘.
The great alliance in Bihar fell after Nitish Kumar broke the alliance to form a new government with the BJP. Tejashwi, who is currently being investigated for corruption, was dismissed as deputy commissioner.
“It’s amazing that I was the recipient for both: the charge of appointing him a deputy CM and his dismissal from the chair,” Kumar said as he spoke with reporters after his weekly governance feedback program, Lok Samvad.
“He is just a child, sometimes he speaks out loud and becomes personal, how can he get out of the shadow and acquired traits of his father, even though his career is shaken by him? going through a phase of frustration, “Kumar said.
Along with Tejashwi, Father Lalu Prasad, mother Rabri Devi and his sister Misa Bharti are also being investigated in connection with a money laundering investigation in the case of the IRCTC 2006 hotel maintenance contract.
Kumar’s comments come amid the attacks of Tejashwi against him, that Lalu Prasad has been positioning as a candidate for chief minister for the upcoming state elections.
“Nitish will notice the temper of Tejashwi in the assembly surveys of 2020. His existence on the ground will be felt by him,” said Lalu, adding that “he is already feeling the heat.”
In his comments, Kumar said the RJD would move from its current 80 assembly seats to the previous 22 under the leadership of Tejashwi.