PATNA: Tuesday brought twin happiness in RJD’s first family. While Lalu Prasad was elected the national president of the party for the 10th consecutive times, his son Tejashwi yadav was declared the CM face of the party in the next elections.
A meeting of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) national council held here yesterday declared former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav as the chief ministerial candidate of Bihar. The next state elections in Bihar are scheduled in 2020.
Tejashwi is the younger son Lalu Prasad who was elected the party’s national chief for the 10th consecutive time. Tejashwi’s performance as deputy chief minister was widely appreciated by the masses. He was in charge of three key departments, such as road construction and build construction departments.
“The RJD will go to the next elections under the leadership of Tejashwi Yadav,” declared the national council of the RJD at its open session. “At the same time, he will be the CM candidate of the party,” it added.
The demand to project Tejashwi as the CM candidate had gained momentum shortly after the state party chief Ramchandra Purve had recently said everybody wants to see him on the throne of Bihar.
Even at the RJD national council meeting too, several senior leaders, such as former ministers Raghunath Jha and Manganilal Mandal, made the demand to project Tejashwi as the CM candidate.
“We have worked under the leadership of Lalu Prasad. We will have no problem in working under Tejashi either,” said Jha.
Eventually, the meeting took a formal decision to this effect. The meeting also made announcement about the election of Prasad as the party’s national president.
Soon after being elected the national chief, Prasad launched vituperative attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and charged him with cheating the masses.
“He (Modi) has cheated the masses. He promised to bring black money stashed in foreign banks and credit Rs One million in the bank accounts of every Indian. This money is yet to be credited. We should keep the issue alive and tell the people how they have been cheated,” Prasad said addressing the open session of his party in Patna.
He also hit out at the PM for taking the poor farmers for a ride. “The BJP had announced to waive off loans of farmers once coming to power in Uttar Pradesh but this has not happened. Just marginal relief has been given to the farmers,” he alleged.
Prasad also took a swipe at the federal minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad for his recent remarks that flesh trade had come down post demonetization.
“How does the minister know that? Wherever he is roaming?” he asked, jokingly.