Just a day after former Chief Minister of Bihar Rabri Devi brushed off the speculations of rift between her elder son Tej Pratap Yadav and younger son and RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav, a new controversy has hit the Yadav family. On Friday, Tej Pratap campaigned for Jahanabad candidate Chandra Prakash and said that he 9Tej Pratap) is the one carrying forward the legacy of Lalu Yadav. However, the RJD has fielded senior party leader Surendra Yadav from Jahanabad seat.
Speaking in the rally, Tej Pratap said: "Lalu ji used take up round of the villages in his helicopter. But these netas today gets tired in two programmes only. I asked Tejashwi to save our father's legacy. Lalu Prasad Yadav used to do 10-12 rallies in a day. Nowadays leaders get tired after 2 rallies. Lalu Prasad is my ideal and he is my teacher and I am here for him. I follow him, he is the example of an energetic human being."
Talking to media after the rally, Tej Pratap said: "Why is there an issue on who to vote for in Jahanabad? Vote for Chandra Prakash, people are with me, the voters are with me, I am the legacy of Lalu Yadav, I am his blood. I am the second Lalu Yadav of Bihar."
However, a day ahead of his campaign, when Rabri Devi was asked about his campaign against the RJD and feud in the family, she said:
"There's no problem between them. Everything is fine. I talk to him daily. There is no feud in family. Both my sons are fine. You call him, see you can talk to him or not. He will come home when he wants."
She also declared that RJD will win all the 40 seats in the state and her son and former deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav will be the Chief Minister of Bihar in 2020
Tej Pratap who floated a new party called Lalu Rabri Morcha (which he later denied) after a tussle with his brother and RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav over the candidacy in the Seohar Lok Sabha seat, and has fielded Chandra Prakash Yadav from Jahanabad. Polling in the constituency will take place on May 19.
Earlier, on the occasion of the Tej Pratap's birthday, Tejashwi took to Twitter to wish his elder brother with a heartfelt note and adorable cake-cutting pictures.
It's been more than five months since Bihar politicians Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi's elder son Tej Pratap moved out of the family home. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader has met his parents on some occasions but has not returned home in Patna. In an emotional message, his mother Rabri Devi has asked Tej Pratap Yadav to return for good.
"Bahut hua, laut aao beta" (Enough son, please return home)," she said, adding she talks to Tej Pratap Yadav daily on phone.However, she has denied claims of feud in her family saying that there was no truth in it and it was a creation of vested interests.