Riding on speculation of a possible rift between Bihar’s ruling pollitical parties Janata Dal United (JDU) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now trying to mount pressure on the state government to not inaugurate the Chhapra-Ara bridge on June 11 that happens to be RJD supremo Lalu Yadav’s birthday. Recently, speculation strengthened when Lalu chose to skip the grand opposition gathering in Chennai on the occasion of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s 94th birthday on June 3.
As per a report by Indian Express, Lalu’s son and Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav who is also the road construction minister had recently said that the inauguration of the bridge would be a gift to his father and the people of Bihar.
However, the BJP Legislature Party leader Sushil Kumar Modi said: “The Chhapra-Ara bridge should be named after Jayaprakash Narayan, and must not be opened on Lalu Prasad’s birthday. Total Revolution Day, June 5, would have been the most befitting day (to inaugurate the bridge). If Tejashwi wants to gift something to his father, he should do it from his personal property.”
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Speaking to Indian Express, an RJD leader on the condition of anonymity, said “If the government now reschedules the bridge inauguration date, it could further sour the relationship between us (RJD and JDU).”
The report further informed that Tejashwi along with brother Tej Pratap who is also a minister of state had skipped cabinet meeting that took place on June 2. Panchayati Raj System was one of the main agenda of discussion in the meeting.
Recently, Tejashwi has hit back at allegations of corruption against his family made by Sushil Modi. The deputy CM has dared the BJP leader to chose any seat in municipal or ward elections and said that any person nominated by Lalu would easily defeat him.