Patna, November 13: Janata Dal United chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad are once again locked in a war of words. Nitish referred to his former deputy Tejashwi Yadav as a “child” which prompted Lalu to defend his son.

“Tejashwi bachcha nahi, unka chachha hai (Tejashwi is not a child but Nitish Kumar’s uncle),” Lalu said, the Hindustan Times reported.

The remarks came after Nitish while referring to Tejashwi said, “He is just a kid. But, maybe he has inherited certain traits of his father.” The Bihar Chief Minister was questioned to continued attacks by Lalu’s younger son.

Lalu, who has been positioning Tejashwi as the chief ministerial candidate for the next election, said: “Nitish will realise Tejashwi’s mettle in 2020 assembly polls. His existence on the ground will felt by him,” Lalu said, adding “he is already feeling the heat”.

The grand alliance (RJD, JDU, Congress) broke after Nitish ways and joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the government in the state. In the wake of the disintegration of the Mahagathbandhan, Nitish, while returning the barbs of the RJD, had on several occasions reminded the latter of its stock going down to only 22 MLAs in the 243-member Bihar Assembly after the 2010 state polls, which the JD(U)-BJP combination had won convincingly.

“They are excited over the fact that they had won so many seats in the last (Bihar) Assembly polls. Let the next polls (in 2020) come. It will be back to the pavillion for them,” Nitish said.

The RJD had won 80 seats in the 2015 Bihar Assembly polls to emerge as the single largest party in the state.

With inputs from PTI