Bad News for Mahagathbandhan: Tej Pratap Yadav Resigns From Party Post

Just ahead of the national election and after seat sharing among Grand Alliance partners in Bihar,  the feud within Bihar politician Lalu Yadav’s family has boiled over again. The RJD chief’s pampered son, Tej Pratap Yadav, tweeted his resignation from a party post today.

“I am resigning from the post of RJD’s student wing. Naive are those who think I am naive. I know exactly who stands where,” Tej Pratap Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi.

Sources close to him confirm that he would address a press conference shortly.

Tej Pratap, 30, has been unhappy for some time and often it has been about an ego battle with his brother, who is the Leader of Opposition and is Lalu Yadav’s preferred political successor.

Sources say Tej Pratap’s latest move is a pressure tactic as the RJD prepares to announce its list of candidates for next week’s national election. Tej Pratap wants his close aides on that list.

Some sources believe the reason is that his estranged father-in-law Chandrika Rai is being fielded from the crucial Chhapra seat. Both Lalu Yadav and Tejashwi reportedly want Mr Rai, an eight-time legislator, to contest from there. But Tej Pratap, who has filed for a divorce, is dead against it.

When the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal United-RJD combine came to power in Bihar after winning assembly polls in 2015, Tejashwi became Deputy Chief Minister, but Tej Pratap, his senior by one year, became health minister.

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