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In a fresh blow to RJD, Lalu Prasad’s son Tej Pratap Yadav drops resignation bomb

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Bihar: Tej Pratap Yadav, the elder son of RJD president Lalu Prasad, declared his decision to “resign” on Monday, causing more humiliation for the party established by his father and now run by his younger brother Tejashwi.

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Tej Pratap announced the news on his official Twitter account, tagging his father and younger brother, as well as his mother Rabri Devi and sister Misa Bharti, and Haryana Congress MLA Chiranjeev Rao, who is married to his younger sister Anushka Yadav.

The mercurial politician, who represents the state’s Hassanpur assembly segment, tweeted that he will hand in his resignation to his father, who is now doing time in prison for a number of fodder fraud charges.

He did not, however, say if he intended to resign from the party or the state assembly or both.

The news came only hours after the maverick leader was accused of assault by a junior party official, an allegation to which the RJD has so far remained silent. Tej Pratap has also been silent on the subject.

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Ramraj Yadav, the city unit leader of the Yuva RJD, claimed that Tej Pratap stripped him naked, beaten him up, and abused him inside the house of the former Chief Minister’s mother Rabri Devi on Friday, when the former Chief Minister’s house was teeming with visitors at an Iftar party she had hosted.

“He used expletives, not just against me, but (younger brother) Tejashwi Yadav and even (father) Lalu Prasad”, accused Ramraj, who claimed to have informed Tejashwi and state unit chief Jagadanand Singh about the situation.

Tej Pratap, who is known for his violent nature, formed a rival party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections because several of his buddies were not considered for an RJD seat.

He, on the other hand, stayed with the party, dispelling rumours of a split. After one of his close aides was expelled from the RJD’s student body last year, he floated a new students’ organisation, the Chhatra Janshakti Parishad.

He was recently accused of being a loose cannon, claiming to have had a “private talk” with Nitish Kumar and boasting of a great “khela” (game) in Bihar politics, in which Tejashwi will establish his own government. His assertion had been disavowed by the RJD.

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