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Tejashwi Yadav Says Nitish Kumar’s ‘Return To Family’ Will Spur Opposition Unity Across India

New Delhi:

Tejashwi Yadav, Bihar’s new Deputy Chief Minister, today described Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s return to the “socialist family” as a “slap in the face to the BJP”. He said the BJP’s attempt to “intimidate or buy out” regional parties is aimed at “ending the politics of backward classes and Dalits” because most such parties represent such sections of society.

The RJD leader renewed his father Lalu Prasad Yadav’s old ties with Nitish Kumar, who revived JDU-RJD Congress ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) after dumping the BJP earlier this week. “In Bihar, all parties against the BJP are now on the same side. Nitish-you made the right decision at the right time. This will now happen all over India,” Yadav said in Hindi.

He sidestepped a direct question about Nitish Kumar who may have been the face of the opposition in 2024, instead speaking about what the BJP had promised. “What happened to the 2 crore jobs a year?” he asked rhetorically.

On his promise of jobs in Bihar, he said it is good that the BJP and the media are “finally talking about urgent matters” – away from “common politics of the Hindu-Muslim divide”. “It’s an achievement that we forced them to deal with real problems. We will keep our promises. Wait a minute.”

He said he walked in his father’s path. Lalu Prasad Yadav, out on bail in corruption cases, is also recovering from medical problems in Delhi. “My father has fought all his life for the community, for social justice and for the poor. Woh na dare, na jhuke,‘ said the 32-year-old leader.

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Nitish Kumar also “saved his ideology” with the decision to return to an alliance with RJD, he added.

Nitish Kumar had strayed from Lalu Yadav and others of the anti-Establishment movement in the 1970s, and was the BJP’s partner for two decades until 2013. PM face. The Grand Alliance (JDU-RJD-Congress) won Bihar in 2015 with Nitish Kumar as leader – Tejashwi as deputy – but he went back to Prime Minister Modi’s BJP in mid-2017. Now he has done the opposite.

“We have made allegations against each other. But we are one family. We are all socialists,” Tejashwi Yadav said of the back and forth.

He cited examples of bonhomie even when sitting on opposite sides of the meeting. “Once during much chaos in the House, Nitish-you called me his”bhai samaan dost ka beta(son of a brother-like friend). Another time he told me “Babu Baith jao” (sit down, son) – it was like an instruction, but also love, like a blessing. I sat down.”

Tejashwi Yadav spoke of a larger agenda related to the alleged usurpation of parties by the BJP.

“Regional parties are mostly backward classes and Dalits. Nitish ji comes from a backward community. The BJP also divided the party of (Ram Vilas) Paswan-ji,” he said. “If there are no regional parties, there is no opposition in the country. And that will kill democracy. The BJP wants to rule as a monarchy.”

He quoted Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP came to power after a mid-term collapse of governments. “They tried the same in Jharkhand. We have seen through the drama.”

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“The ED, CBI are now worse than a local police station,” he said, alleging political abuse of the central government’s investigative agencies.

However, Mr Yadav’s visit to Delhi is related to more immediate matters: rounding up ministers in Bihar’s new government. In this context, in addition to Ms. Gandhi, he also met Sitaram Yechury from CPI(M) and D Raja from CPI.

The cabinet – currently just Nitish Kumar and he – is to be expanded early next week.

That will be followed by a special session of the assembly towards the end of the month, when the new government will prove its majority.



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