New Delhi: Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti on Monday acknowledged differences between brothers Tej Pratap and Tejashwi Yadav confirming speculations of a rift within the family. Addressing party workers in Bihar’s Maner, Misa Bharti reportedly said that there might be “differences between her brother but RJD is a big family”. She further said that there is no shortage of votes for RJD; a video of which has gone viral.
“There are differences between my brothers but RJD is a big family and there is no shortage of votes for the party,” she said, adding that it is common to have differences between the brothers. “Ignore the little things and focus on booth management instead in the upcoming elections,” she reportedly said.
Urging party workers to remain united, she said, “Even our five fingers are not the same. Similarly, there are differences between the brothers in my family, considering that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is a huge family.” Bharti, however, later denied acknowledging the difference between Tejashwi and Tej Pratap Yadav saying that her statement has been twisted.
“My statement has been twisted. I had asked party workers to remain united and forget differences, the comment was not on our family. The family is one, no differences between us,” Misa Bharti told news agency ANI.
Earlier, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tej Pratap Yadav had claimed that some people were trying to create a rift in the family. Quashing the reports of leaving politics due to family pressure, Yadav had said that there was no dispute in my family. “We stand united. We will make sure that BJP is defeated in Bihar in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” he had said.
In June, reacting on the earlier rumours of a rift with Tej Pratap, Tejashwi Yadav had said that a mountain shouldn’t be made out of a molehill and called Tej Pratap his “brother and guide”. “It is very evident Tej Pratap ji spoke on strength of the party. He spoke about how to unify and strengthen our party, ahead of 2019 …Unhone spasht kaha hai Tejashwi kaleje ka tukda hai. He is my brother and guide,” he said.