PATNA: An aggressive RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday mounted a blistering attack on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, asking him to take retirement from politics and asserting that he (Kumar) is not needed in the RJD-led grand alliance.
Yadav, who is the Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly and the younger son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, obliquely rebuked his ally Congress for suggesting that Kumar, who is also JD(U) national president, will be welcome in the grand alliance if he snaps ties with BJP.
"When Nitish Kumar has not uttered a word about snapping ties with BJP, who are these people who are talking about the possibility of his joining the grand alliance? Can these people guarantee that he will not betray and return to BJP's lap once again?" asked Tejashwi, 29, in his address to party workers and leaders at an event marking RJD's 22nd foundation day.
While frequently referring to Kumar as "Nitish chacha (uncle)", Tejashwi made his stand on him clear.
"If Nitish chacha is accepted in the grand alliance, then there will be no bigger opportunist than Tejashwi Yadav. Forgive us, uncle, the grand alliance just does not need you".
"Lalujee did a great sacrifice by offering the CM's chair to Nitish Kumar. When will you do a sacrifice, uncle? You should now take retirement from politics. If you do not do so, the people of Bihar will retire you permanently from politics," said Tejashwi.
"The recent bypoll successes of RJD are the victories of Laluvaad (ideologies of Lalu)," he added. Tejashwi, who is going to be the grand alliance's CM candidate in Bihar's next Assembly polls in 2020, said if Kumar offers him the CM's chair today, he would not accept it.
"I have enough time to become CM with the blessings of the people, but Nitish chacha has just four to five more years in his hands," he said, adding that Kumar is now suffering from a "political fever".
Kumar has been down with flu for the past two days. Asking RJD supporters to get ready for the coming elections, Tejashwi said the fight is not going to be easy.
"The next polls are going to be a direct fight between the supporters of Ambedkar, Mandal, socialism, secularism and Gandhijee on the one side and RSS, Manuvadis and feudal forces on the other side," he said.
"As the polls come closer, they will raise many issues to divert the people's attention. You must not form your opinion by watching the news on TV channels and reading the newspapers," he exhorted RJD supporters. Criticising the media, Tejashwi wondered why media outlets in Bihar are "so enamoured of Nitish Kumar" and accused them of not giving enough space to rising crime graph and corruption. This foundation day of RJD was the first to be observed without Lalu Prasad Yadav being present with the party's leaders and workers. Lalu, who is out of jail on bail, is currently recuperating at a Mumbai hospital.
"Today Lalujee is not among us. This is because of Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi," said Tejashwi.
His elder brother and former minister Tej Pratap Yadav said there is no rift between the two brothers and people must not believe in rumours. Their mother and former CM Rabri Devi did not attend the event. The ruling JD(U) and BJP mocked at Tejashwi and RJD.
"This year, Lalu is absent. You never know who else from the family goes to jail next year and remains absent at RJD's foundation day event," said JD(U) spokesperson Sanjay Singh.