31 October, 2020

Bihar Elections: Will Tejashwi Prasad Yadav’s ‘Sorry’ Change RJD’s Fortunes Vs Nitish’s JD(U)?

Tejashwi faces an uphill task to prevent Nitish Kumar from coming to power for the fourth time in a row. His biggest challenge is to keep his party flock together

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Tejashwi’s biggest challenge is to keep the RJD flock intact
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Bihar Elections: Will Tejashwi Prasad Yadav’s ‘Sorry’ Change RJD’s Fortunes Vs Nitish’s JD(U)?

Ahead of the assembly polls in Bihar—set to be fought over the pivotal plank of 15 years of Nitish Kumar versus 15 years of Laloo Prasad Yadav—the RJD appears to have put its final card on the table. Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, who is steering the RJD in the absence of his incarcerated father, has sought forgiveness from the people of Bihar for any mistake his party might have made during its reign from 1990 to 2005 in the state. “Yes, we had been in power for 15 years, but I was a child then. I was not in the government…. One cannot deny that Laloo-ji had done social justice. That was another era, but if we made any mistake or did any lapse, I am sorry for that,” Tejashwi announced at a party function recently, much to everyone’s surprise.

The 30-year-old leader’s stand is at variance with his party’s usual approach of brushing aside all allegations against the Laloo-Rabri Devi regime, which are still believed to have led to the RJD’s def­eat in successive polls. Tejashwi’s apology for mistakes made during those...



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