Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA Tej Pratap Yadav on Thursday staged a demonstration in front of a police station in Patna. He claimed the inspector in-charge had misbehaved with him over the telephone when asked to lodge an FIR based on a woman’s complaint. (Also read: ‘Steadfast in my Decision For Divorce,’ Says Tej Pratap)
Drama abounded at Phulwari Sharif police station where Yadav sat on a dharna, accompanied by his supporters, and declared, “I will write a letter to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar seeking the dismissal of the police official.”
The RJD leader told mediapersons that he had dialled the number of inspector-in-charge Mohammed Qaiser Alam earlier in the day from the RJD headquarters when he was approached by a woman who alleged that her sister was facing dowry harassment by her in-laws.
“When I called the inspector, he misbehaved. He said he did not know who Tej Pratap Yadav was. He appears to be a swollen-headed fellow. A liquor bottle has also been spotted inside the police station despite Nitish Kumar government’s ban on liquor. Such police officials must be dismissed,” the former state minister alleged.
Meanwhile, the inspector claimed he had never received any call from the MLA and that he was ready to lodge an FIR but could not do so until somebody came forward with a written complaint.
The woman, who said her name was Manju Lata, told reporters that she was drafting a complaint to be submitted with the police station but refused to answer queries on whether she had sought the RJD leader’s help.
Yadav’s maternal uncle Sadhu Yadav, who has been estranged from the family, also arrived on the spot. He said, “I did not know what is going on but heard that my nephew is staging a protest over some matter, hence I grew curious and came here.”
Sadhu is suspected by a section in the RJD of egging on Tej Pratap Yadav to embark on a collision course with younger brother Tejashwi Yadav, who has emerged as the party’s de facto leader in their father’s absence.
The impression gained strength when Sadhu Yadav told a local news channel on Wednesday that the crisis in the RJD could be defused if there was a proper delegation of authority. One of the brothers could be the party chief while the other could become the Chief Minister upon the party gaining power.
Tejashwi, who is currently the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly, had been named the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate in Lalu’s presence last year.
Meanwhile, Tej Pratap Yadav has been back in action in the past few days, after his divorce drama unfolding before the public eye. He has been holding a Janata Durbar at the party office in Birchand Patel Marg of the state capital, listening to complaints of the public and attempting spot resolutions.