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Tejashwi Yadav sternly denies his brother’s claim that Lalu is being held hostage

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav reacting to his brother and former Bihar minister Tej Pratap’s allegation – claiming that their father and party president Lalu Prasad Yadav is being held “hostage” in New Delhi by those who dream of becoming party’s national chief – stated that such claims don’t match his father’s “stature”, who was once the chief minister of Bihar. Tej Pratap’s remarks were seen as an apparent attack at his younger brother and Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav.

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On Saturday, Tej Pratap claimed that despite Lalu’s release from jail nearly a year ago, he is being “held hostage in Delhi” and some people are “dreaming” of becoming the party’s president.  

“My father is unwell. There are 4-5 people in the party who’ve seen the dream of becoming Rashtriya Janata Dal’s national chief. He was released nearly a year ago from jail but is being held hostage in Delhi,” he was quoted as saying by media.

However, responding to his brother’s allegations, the Leader of Opposition in state Assembly, Tejashwi, stated Sunday, “Lalu Ji had been the chief minister of Bihar for a long time. He even got LK Advani arrested. These things don’t match with his stature.”

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This comes amid tensions within the RJD party, following a purported fallout between the two brothers, who have been at loggerheads for the past few months and have also launched several veiled attacks at each other lately.

Earlier in August, Tejashwi in what is being seen as a message to Tej Pratap, said that everyone has to “follow party discipline”.

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