Even as former Chief Minister of Bihar and RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav son's Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav brushed off the speculations of rift between them, a new controversy has hit the RJD in Bihar. As the state prepares for the remaining four phases of elections, sources have informed that Tej Pratap, elder son of Lalu, will campaign against RJD in Jehanabad.
Tej Pratap who floated a new party called Lalu Rabri Morcha after a tussle with his brother and RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav over the candidacy in the Seohar Lok Sabha seat, is ready to field Chandra Prakash Yadav from Jehanabad. Sources also said that he is likely to join a roadshow in Jehanabad in support of the Chandra Prakash who will file his nomination on Wednesday, April 24. On the other hand, the RJD has fielded senior party leader Surendra Yadav from Jehanabad. Polling in the constituency will take place on May 19.
The tussle between the brothers in this matter began when Tej Pratap insisted on fielding Angesh Kumar Singh from the Seohar seat. However, Tejashwi wanted to field Syed Faisal Ali. Following the differences between the two, Lalu's elder son floated a party and fielded Singh in Seohar on an LRM ticket whereas Faisal was fielded on RJD ticket. Tej Pratap also campaigned for Singh in Seohar against RJD before the third phase of election commenced.
Last week, on the occasion of Tej Pratap's birthday, Tejashwi tried to brush off the controversy of feud with his elder brother. Taking to Twitter he wrote that his brother to him is like Hindu deity, Lord Krishna.
Although Tej Pratap had said that his party will remain in alliance with the RJD, he surprisingly also declared that he belongs to RJD and media is trying to harm his image.
"It is a rumour that I am starting a new political party. I completely dismiss the reports. Rashtriya Janata Dal is my party, and will always remain so."
RJD In Bihar has formed a Mahagathbandhan with Jitan Ram Manjhi's HAM(S), Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP, Congress, Mukesh Sahni led VIP and others to take on the JD(U)-BJP alliance. RJD is contesting 19 of the 40 Bihar Lok Sabha seats, the Congress nine and smaller parties the remaining seats.