Don’t dilute 2024 agenda, says Tejashwi as RJD differences come to fore

OP One day internal differences clouded the Rashtriya Janata Dalithe national board meeting in DelhiBihar, deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav appealed to party leaders not to allow personal disagreements to serve the greater purpose of defeating the BJPsaying that such cases put the party on the defensive.

Warning party leaders not to speak out of turn, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, who also attended the meeting along with veteran leader Sharad Yadav, announced that only Tejashwi would comment on matters related to party policy or other important issues.

The comments came as Lalu’s eldest son Tej Pratap Yadav, who is also a minister in the government of Bihar, left the party red-faced with a public outcry against senior RJD leader Shyam Rajak.

Rashtriya Janata Dal’s National Executive Meeting in Delhi (ANI Photo)

Tej Pratap left halfway through the meeting, telling reporters: “When asked about the timing of the event, Shyam Rajak abused my PA and my sister. I will make the audio clip public and show how such RSS people have found their place in the organization. I’m not going to listen to abuse.”

Commenting on the allegations, Rajak said: “I am a Dalit. I can only listen, not speak to powerful people.” He later reported unwell and was taken to a private hospital.

Tej Pratap’s tirade added to the RJD’s woes, which were already tense when Jagadanand Singh, the Bihar unity party chairman, whose son Sudhakar Singh became the second cabinet minister who was expelled from the Grand Alliance earlier this month. government stepped down, allegedly due to disagreements with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar – skipped the national executive.

Sudhakar, who attended the meeting, declined to comment on his father’s absence and said the party’s national spokesman could comment on the matter.

In their speeches, Lalu and Tejashwi appeared to tackle the discordant accords that threatened the announced agenda of drawing out a political roadmap for the party, one of the strongest proponents of opposition unity ahead of the 2024 general election. to put out of play.

“We need to understand one thing. I may not be able to please everyone, or I may not be happy with everyone. But in the greater challenge and struggle all of us, all of you sitting here, are together. I may not like someone, someone may not like me. This is human nature. But I want to appeal with folded hands to everyone, who is here and elsewhere, please don’t let the agenda be watered down or changed. In 2024 we are going to have a big battle. We need everyone’s cooperation. Our fight is to save the country. Small differences force us to become defensive instead of attacking,” Tejashwi said.

Referring to the verse CBI charges against Lalu in alleged land-for-jobs scamTejashwi said the RJD supremo was harassed for “refusing to surrender” for the BJP. The opposition, he claimed, should be “fearless” in its fight against the RSS-BJP.

“Delhi is the capital of the country. We want to tell our friends in the opposition: don’t be afraid, don’t lose hope, we will fight and win. We’re working on it… We have cases against our entire family. ED, CBI, all agencies are being misused to file cases. Any leader who speaks out faces ED, CBI, income tax,” he said.

“The biggest challenge for the country is the RSS, which played no part in the country’s freedom struggle and spent all of its time serving the interests of the British and serving them. Her agenda is to disrupt the harmony in the community and we have to fight against it ideologically,” Tejashwi said.

RJD Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha said the national government has also seen discussions on resolutions on the country’s political situation, foreign policy and economy. The resolutions will be passed Monday at a meeting of the party’s national council, which will also formally announce Lalu’s re-election as the party’s national president.

On the roadmap for opposition unity, Jha said the RJD leadership believes the opposition can provide an effective alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modic by tackling problems that affect the lives of ordinary people. “There will be discussions about business. Modi’s alternative is trouble. Should Modi’s alternative be bigger Modi or problems affecting our lives? It’s not about replacing one bottle of shampoo with another,” Jha said.

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