RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Prasad Yadav has further tried to assert his position in the party by saying that his elder sister Misa Bharati will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from the Pataliputra seat, and dismissing the possible candidature of his party’s MLA from Maner, Bhai Birendra.
He said, “Misa didi alone would contest from this seat…Bhai Birendra ki aukat nahi hai is seat se ladne ki (Bhai Birendra does not have the guts to contest from this seat).”
Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, however, said: “RJD chief Lalu Prasad alone will finalise the names of candidates.” He did not react to his elder brother supporting Misa’s candidature for Pataliputra.
Tej Pratap’s openly favouring Misa Bharati’s candidature from Pataliputra has seemingly not gone down well with Tejashwi. An RJD leader said, “Tej’s open support to Misa Bharati has been widening the rift between Tej and Tejashwi, who otherwise has not been reacting to his elder brother’s political overtures. Tej has been trying hard to become the second power centre in the party. He has already given hints of his demand for an important role in the party.”
Meanwhile, Bhai Birendra – also an RJD spokesperson – said: “I would not react to what anyone says. I know only party chief Lalu Prasad and Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav. I need only Laluji’s blessings.”
Saran and Pataliputra seats are taken as “family seats” in RJD circles. Misa Bharati, now a Rajya Sabha MP, had unsuccessfully contested from this seat against RJD rebel and BJP candidate Ram Kripal Yadav in 2014, while Lalu Prasad had lost this seat to his estranged friend and JD(U) candidate Ranjan Prasad Yadav in the 2009 polls.