Hours after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar comfortably sailed through the floor test with 131 legislators supporting him in the 243-member Bihar Assembly, Lalu Yadav’s son and till recently Mr Kumar’s deputy, Tejashwi Yadav launched a scathing attack on his former boss whose sudden resignation on Wednesday drove his party out of power.
After the trust vote, while speaking to NDTV, Tejashwi, who feels that his party has been betrayed by the their former friend, claimed that “if Nitish Kumar were to go to the polls today, he will lose”.
At the same time, the 27-year-old, who still feels confident about Congress, one of the partners in the erstwhile Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, offered a piece of advice to its vice president Rahul Gandhi that he should unite all opposition parties and bring them at one platform to take on the BJP.
“Rahul Gandhi is very responsible. He has to take this challenge. We had a word about it when I met him in Delhi (before Bihar saw switching of political loyalties). He has been trying (to gather support). He can do it. He is capable of doing it. But he has to start thinking of a move,” Tejashwi said.
Tell him that Nitish Kumar has a formidable fan base of youngsters who believe in their Chief Minister, Tejashwi rubbishes it by saying that “Biharis are politically very active and understand what’s going on”.
“I don’t think that young Biharis like Nitish ji anymore. In cities, whoever was talking about Nitish ji was a BJP voter. In rural areas, Nitish ji ke voters hai hi nahi (he doesn’t have supporters). Nitish ji talks a lot, but he has to do something. He also has to clear his ideology-whether Godse or Gandhi,” he said.
Reflecting on the recent developments that robbed him of his no 2 position in the state government, he told NDTV that Nitish ji claims he waited for a clarification on “Tejashwi’s case” and when that…