New Delhi: The cracks within the Rashtriya Janata Dal widened when Tej Pratap Yadav, son of former chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi, launched his own political outfit – “Lalu Rbri Morcha” – and declared that he would contest as independent candidate from Saran Lok Sabha constituency against his father-in-law Chnadrika Rai, if his mother Rabri Devi doesn’t contest from there.
While speaking to reporters, in Patna, on Monday, Yadav said, “My father Laluji had won from there. Even my mother had contested. This is our family seat just like Rae Bareli is for Rahul Gandhi. So, I request my mother with folded hands to contest from Saran or else I will contest under the banner of Lalu-Rabri Morcha. I am sure of winning.”
Chandrika Rai is the father-in-law of Tej Pratap Yadav, who is reportedly contesting from Saran Lok Sabha seat instead of Rabri Devi, which made Pratap upset.
Pratap filed for divorce within six months of his wedding to Chandrika Rai’s daughter Aishwarya. He had reportedly opposed his nomination, but his younger brother, Tejashwi, who takes all the decisions in the party in their father’s absence, clearly doesn’t seem to agree.
In protest, Tej Pratap quit his RJD post last week and later demanded that two of his aides be fielded in two seats, Jehanabad and Sheohar. And if this doesn’t happen then he will field his candidates under his new party.