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RJD looks within for answers

A number of party leaders raised questions at the executive about the behavior of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s elder son, former health minister Tej Pratap Yadav, who formed his own outfit amid the elections and caused great damage to RJD.

, ET Bureau|
Jul 09, 2019, 09.07 AM IST
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Tejashwi spoke of unity within the party but leaders are expecting some action against those responsible for defeat. Some even suggested seeking new objectives.
New Delhi:The two-day meeting of the RJD national executive that ended on Saturday highlighted the importance of galvanising the support base before the assembly elections in 2020, but could not answer the larger question of the Yadav family feud.

A number of party leaders raised questions at the executive about the behavior of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s elder son, former health minister Tej Pratap Yadav, who formed his own outfit amid the elections and caused great damage to RJD. Several advocated strong action, albeit indirectly.

“When senior party leader Ali Ashraf Fatimi said something against the party, he was suspended for six years,” a senior RJD leader told ET on condition of anonymity. “Here, a party leader launched his own outfit and defeated our party candidate. Why has no action been taken against him so far?”

Sources told ET that leader of opposition Tejashwi Yadav is very upset with his brother for the regularity with which he creates troubles. Tejashwi did not attend the first day while Tej Pratap was present. Roles were reversed on the second day, though Tej Pratap did enter towards the end of the meeting. Appearing after 42 days of sabbatical, Tejashwi limited his comments to party priorities.

RJD leaders, on condition of anonymity, told ET the family feud had forced Tejashwi to stay away from public eye.

Tejashwi spoke of unity within the party but leaders are expecting some action against those responsible for defeat. Some even suggested seeking new objectives.

“The fight for socialism is not yielding results. We need to think more and maybe, the fight for equality in terms of economic condition is the way forward,” Shivanand Tiwari, senor RJD leader told ET. “We will have to come out from caste and community and appeal to every section of the society.”
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