Talking about his politics after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar once again became an NDA ally, the former deputy CM of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav said that as far as his politics is concerned, he had gone back to the people to expose the CM’s doublespeak of zero tolerance against corruption. Days after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) organised a ‘BJP bhagao, desh bachao’ rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna, Tejashwi while interacting with Indian Express said that his next trip through Bihar would be to tell the people the truth about the biggest scam of Bihar, the Srijan scam. One under whose nose government funds had been siphoned off has no moral authority to talk of corruption. “What was then finance minister Sushil Kumar Modi doing?” he questioned.
While in his reply to the question that after Nitish joined the NDA, Centre has been responding faster to Bihar’s issues, Tejashwi said, “It is Sushil Modi who is playing the ‘super CM’ these days in coordinating with the Centre on flood-relief assistance.” He questioned that why did the PM not visit Bihar to assess flood damage last year. He also claimed that the relief assistance announced by the government of Rs 500 crore is peanuts.”…I hope and pray even the Rs 500 crore announced is given and does not end up being another BJP jumla,” he was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. He targeted the Centre and said,”Forget the PM’s Bihar camaraderie for a while, the Centre has not delivered anything concrete besides coining slogans. The failure of law and order in Haryana after the verdict on the Dera Sacha Sauda chief also shows how a BJP-ruled state treats the court.”
On the absence of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Mayawati and Sharad Pawar at the August 27 rally, Tejashwi reacted by saying “The RJD is one party that has kept taking on BJP, with our leader Lalu Prasad always standing up to Modi and the RSS. I have spoken to Rahulji, whose Norway trip was planned long back. Soniaji could not make it because of health reasons. Mayawati has set some conditions for seat-sharing but it shows that she is willing to be part of a national opposition. The attendance of as many as 19 parties is no mean feat. Our rally has set the tone for Opposition unity.”