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Tej Pratap No Longer With RJD, Has Formed His Own Party, Says Veteran Leader Shivanand Tiwari

The veteran RJD leader said Tej Pratap has not been with the party for a long time.

RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav's eldest son Tej Pratap Yadav (Image: PTI/File)

New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Shivanand Tiwari on Wednesday said party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tej Pratap Yadav was no longer a part of RJD. In a major statement, the veteran leader, who is also the national vice president of RJD, said Tej Pratap has not been with the party for a long time and has formed his own organisation.

This comes amid reports of strained relationship between Tej Pratap and his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav. However, there has been no formal announcement in the matter.

On Saturday, Tej Pratap had alleged that his father has been held “hostage” in New Delhi despite getting bail earlier this year. He further alleged that there are some people in the party who are “dreaming” of becoming the chief of RJD.

“My father is unwell. There are 4-5 people in the party who are dreaming to become RJD’s national president. Do not need to name them as it is known to everyone. He was released nearly a year ago from jail but is still being held hostage,” he added.

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Earlier in August, Tejashwi had asked Tej Pratap Yadav to maintain “discipline”.

The strain between the two top leaders has been evident after RJD students’ wing state president Akash Yadav was removed from his post. Akash Yadav is believed to be a close aide of Tej Pratap Yadav.

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