Days before the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019, former deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav spoke to Republic TV in an exclusive interview about a range of issues including Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate and on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra not contesting from Varanasi against PM Modi.
On being asked that SP chief Akhilesh Yadav says that Mayawati should be the next Prime Minister, Tejashwi said:
"Rahul Gandhi has all the qualities to be nominated as a PM candidate. Until and unless Mayawati and Mamata reveals that they will stand as a PM candidate how can you make speculations. I am in UPA and Rahul Gandhi has all the qualities, why can't he run the country."
"We don't fall in the party's internal matter. I feel BJP is involved in canceling Tej Bhadur's nomination,they had planned a conspiracy against him, one who has contributed his life for the security of our country, he should not be treated like this. Leave Priyanka , why are they afraid of Tej Bahadur? After a result, you will see who is defeating whom"
"We didn't start this, it was Modi ji who said he is OBC and then we said he is farji OBC. Later, I tweeted that after few days Modi will say he belongs to aati pichra jati and he said that in Maharastra. He does jati ki rajneeti we do dimag ki rajneeti. Modi ji has invaded the republic institutions of our country. There are a lot of instances where BJP's IT cell people knew before hand where and when elections will be held and the other is Modi conducted a roadshow just after casting vote in Guajrat, lot of instances are there. EC didn't take any actions against him."
Tejashwi responded, "We are feeling cheated. Despite the fact, there is double engine sakar in Bihar neither we got the special package in Bihar nor special status. All the institution are in danger, everywhere you will find RSS members."
He also added that if their government will come, action will be taken against Bihar's CM Nitish Kumar and its Deputy CM Sushil Modi and reiterated their accusation on JDU vice president Prashant Kishor. He also criticized the JD(U) for not releasing their election manifesto.
"Mishra ji is in bail and Lalu ji is in jail, I'm not blaming anyone simply saying. When our sarkar will come Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi will be the first to go to jail on charges of corruption. Yes, Prashant Kishore met us and said that he is not happy in BJP, they are trying to suppress his voice, he wanted to join RLD, but we said no entry to him. Prashant Kishore later went to Congress and had talks with them and made a deal that he leaves Congress there will be trust vote for him," tejashwi said.