New Delhi, June 24: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that India needs a PM who does not lie. In an exclusive interview to news agency PTI, Bihar’s former Deputy CM stated,”People have seen Modi ji for four years, he did not do anything. People should ask what he is doing for the country. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not answer this question and diverts issues.” Also Read - Modi Cabinet Expansion Buzz: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sushil Modi to Get Ministerial Berth in Next Reshuffle? Take a Look at Likely Contenders
Furthermore he stated,”India needs a prime minister who does not lie, who does not do ‘jumlebaazi’ and who does what he says.” He alleged that Modi goes from making one promise to another without fulfilling them. Also Read - ‘One Earth, One Health’: PM Modi Calls For Global Unity To Prevent Future Pandemics At G7 Summit
On the other hand, he also urged Opposition parties to set aside their egos to take on ruling BJP in 2019. He asked Rahul Gandhi-led Congress to let other parties be in the ‘driving seat’ in states where it is not the largest opposition party. Also Read - G7 Summit Updates: PM Modi to Address 2 Crucial Sessions Tomorrow
Stressing on the need for an opposition alliance, he said the Congress, being the larger party, has a larger responsibility in taking others along. “The Congress has to see how it will manage alliance partners. In Bihar, we (RJD) are the largest party, so it has to make a strategy accordingly. Take UP, for instance, when Mayawati ji and Akhilesh ji are united it should make the strategy according to that”, Yadav said.
Noting that the BJP and the Congress have a direct fight in almost 18 states, Yadav said in states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the Rahul Gandhi-led party should let the largest opposition party sit in the driving seat.
Referring to the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi, B R Ambedkar and the Mandal commission on reservation versus RSS ideologue M S Golwalkar and Nathuram Godse, the RJD leader cited,”So all political parties in the opposition that believe in social justice and secularism should set aside their egos and differences and come together to save the Constitution.”
On being asked if the BJP has an advantage having a PM face in Narendra Modi, Yadav claimed that there is a rift among NDA members and there is no surety about whether the alliance will stay or break up. “In my view, the talk about a prime ministerial candidate should be secondary because there is danger facing the country. The Constitution, democracy and reservation are in danger,” Yadav claimed.
He also dismissed the reports that claimed cracks in opposition unity after many top opposition leaders skipped Rahul Gandhi’s recent iftaar party.
(With inputs from PTI)