New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav met his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav and touched his feet amidst the rumours of the growing rift between the two brothers. The pictures of the meeting were shared on the micro-blogging site Twitter by Tej Pratap Yadav.
“Met my brother Arjun and preparing the strategies for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. I gave blessing for the victory in the elections. Preparations are on and victory is necessary,” Tej Pratap Yadav tweeted on Saturday.
However, it was also reported that Tej Pratap had also avoided crossing paths with his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav and mother Rabri Devi at the state assembly on the final day of the winter session last year.
Recently, Tej Pratap Yadav had announced that his eldest sister Misa Bharti will contest the Lok Sabha election from Pataliputra seat.
The development was seen in the backdrop of murmurs that a struggle for supremacy in the RJD is on between Tej Pratap, believed to be close to his sister, and younger brother Tejashwi.
The former deputy chief minister of the state, Tejashwi has emerged as the RJD’s de facto leader in the absence of Lalu Prasad who has been away from active politics for about a year on account of convictions in several fodder scam cases. He is the leader of opposition in the state assembly and RJDs chief ministerial candidate for the next assembly polls.
Although Tej Pratap and Bharti had repeatedly denied reports of any rift in the family, speculations were rife about the elder sibling’s feeling of having been slighted under the shadow of the younger one.
The announcement is expected to ruffle the feathers of the Grand Alliance partners which included Congress and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP). The statement also gains significance as none of the political parties, including the RJD, has come out with their lists of candidates for the general elections yet.
The Pataliputra seat, which comprises rural areas of Patna district, is considered prestigious for the ‘first family’ of Bihar as in 2009 Lalu Prasad was defeated by his former protege Ranjan Yadav who fought as a JD(U) candidate.
Years later, Bharti had made an unsuccessful poll debut from the seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls as she lost to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ram Kripal Yadav, another former aide of her father.
Notably, the elder brother had remained estranged from his family members for a long time since they refused to back him in his decision to seek a divorce from his wife, just six months after their marriage.