Patna: The rebellious streak and activities of Tej Pratap Yadav have emerged as a major challenge for the RJD, its chief Lalu Prasad Yadav as well as his family. While the party chief is ill at ease with the actions of his elder son, the party is not comfortable with Tej Pratap’s antics either. But when murmurs of protest were heard from the workers — especially rebels — who see no disciplinary action taken against their chief’s son, the leadership is now indicating that a proper action against the recalcitrant youth Yadav leader is in the pipeline.
Ashraf Fatmi, who recently revolted against the RJD and joined the BJP, has asked why Tej Pratap was not being punished for the mistake for which other party workers had to pay a penalty.
The RJD is forming a discipline committee to address the issue soon, said a source, even as the sentiment voiced by Fatmi is resonating among the workers of the party. National vice-president of the RJD Shivanand Tiwari has assured the workers that such a committee would be formed soon.
While any action against Tej Pratap may take time — some workers believe this will never happen — Tiwari’s words have soothed the ears of many.
Lalu has no choice
From the time of filing an application for divorce from wife Aishwarya Rai, Tej Pratap has been betraying an ideological separation from his family as well as the RJD. Pratap, who had embarked on a number of Mathura-Vrindavan pilgrimages in the past five months, has kept a distance from his mother Rabri Devi’s official residence, while Aishwarya Rai is still living with her parents-in-law, Lalu’s family.
On the other hand, Tej Pratap has burned all bridges with the RJD on the issue of ticket distribution for the Lok Sabha election. He wanted his chosen candidates to get tickets from Sheohar and Jehanabad constituencies. For this, he pressured the family in his own way. He also lobbied with Tejashwi Yadav to ensure this. He rebelled after he was turned away by all quarters.
Tej Pratap Yadav then floated a separate Front (Laloo-Rabri Morcha) named after his parents and nominated Angesh Singh from Sheohar as an independent candidate. Now Tej Pratap is openly canvassing against the RJD’s official candidate Syed Faisal Ali.
Further, Tej Pratap has termed the RJD’s official candidate as an agent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is going around the town saying Angesh Singh is the real RJD candidate. Tej Pratap has said he would employ the same tactic in the campaign for the Jehanabad Lok Sabha constituency where he would promote Chandrakash, his candidate.
What next? The pressure on the party and the Yadav family to take action against Tej Pratap Yadav may finally work as a rumour has spread across Bihar that Lalu Prasad Yadav is not serious about a good performance by the RJD in this particular election.
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