File picture: Tejashwi Yadav  |  Photo Credit: IANS
- Earlier this week, Chirag Paswan had told his party members that Nitish Kumar was involved in politically killing his father Ram Vilas Paswan
- Tejashwi Yadav had suggested Chirag Paswan to leave the lure of the BJP and think about his future
- RJD has now decided to celebrate Ram Vilas Paswan’s birth anniversary to commemorate his contribution to the state
New Delhi: Days after Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan said that he expected the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to help resolve the ongoing feud with his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras for control of the LJP, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday reached out to the 38-year-old.
Yadav said that Chirag Paswan can carry forward the legacy of his late father Ram Vilas Paswan only by joining the “existential fight” against the thoughts of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue MS Golwalkar.
In an interview with news agency PTI, the RJD leader claimed that the BJP has “disposed of” and “abandoned” most of its old allies after coming to power.
While asserting that the RJD always stood by Ram Vilas Paswan, Yadav recalled that when the LJP did not even have a single MLA and Paswan faced defeat in 2009, it was Lalu Prasad Yadav, who sent him to the Rajya Sabha from the Rashtriya Janata Dal quota.
“Our party has decided to celebrate Dalit messiah, Ram Vilas Ji’s birth anniversary to commemorate his contribution to the state, I think this itself is self-explanatory,” announced Yadav.
This may be noted that Chirag has already announced an “aashirvad yatra” from July 5, the birth anniversary of his father and LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan, from Bihar’s Hajipur.
Yadav had last week urged Chirag to quit the BJP-led NDA. While talking about his stance, Yadav said the country is at a point where pro-Constitution, pro-farmers, pro-democracy, and pro-people forces are on one side and those antithetical to this ideology are on the other side.
“Late Ram Vilas Paswan Ji was a socialist and a firm believer in the idea of social justice throughout his life. He fought caste supremacy, poverty and inequality during his political journey,” said the former Bihar deputy chief minister.
“The real tribute to him would be carrying forward his values and legacy and that is possible only when Chirag ji joins this existential fight against Golwalkar’s ‘bunch of thoughts’,” the 31-year-old leader said.
When asked about Chirag’s remarks in an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that it was not correct for ‘Ram’ to stay mum when ‘Hanuman’ is being killed, Tejashwi Yadav claimed that the BJP first “lures” political parties and leaders by promising them “the moon but the moment their system realises they are no longer of utility, they are dumped in a similar manner as a fly is thrown out of milk”.
The RJD leader sided with Chirag when asked about the LJP internal tussle and took a dig at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Those who have engineered this split were vengeful against Chirag Paswan as he fought against them in the last Assembly Elections, said Yadav.
“Late Ram Vilas Ji made Chirag Ji his heir apparent by appointing him as the party’s national president and the parliamentary leader in Lok Sabha and it is up to him now as to how he carries forward his father’s legacy,” he added.
“Those who worked to split the party (LJP) way back in 2005 and 2010 have in a sinister manner planned this as well. Nitish ji has a track record of living on the borrowed mandate and has always played his game with the support of borrowed players,” Yadav further said.
Nitish Kumar has “spared none and betrayed everyone”, alleged Tejashwi Yadav.