Bihar Opp leader Tejashwi Yadav not to resign under opponents’ pressures
The 'missing' Bihar Opp leader finally attends the House session on the fifth day
PATNA: Bihar opposition leader and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) lawmaker Tejashwi Yadav finally attended the House on the fifth day of the current monsoon session of the state assembly on Thursday but refused to speak much.
Tejashwi Yadav had not showed up in public in the past one month since his RJD-led Grand Alliance put up a disastrous performance in the just-held Lok Sabha polls, winning only a single seat.
Under much pressures and criticisms from the Opposition, he had returned to Patna in the weekend yet he was staying away from the House proceedings for the past four days, earning bitter criticisms further. He claimed he was undergoing treatment of his minor fracture in his leg.
Although he didn’t speak much yet he denied reports of offering his resignation following his party’s severe poll drubbing in LS polls where the RJD failed to open its account. This was the first time in over two decades that the RJD has no member to represent in the Lok Sabha.
“Why do you waste time on rumors?” Tejashi asked on being questioned about his resignation offer.
The question was doing the rounds in the local media shortly after Rahul Gandhi had resigned as Congress president owning moral responsibility for party’s poor performance.
It was being speculated in the media that Tejashwi too had offered his resignation as Bihar opposition leader in view of party’s severe debacle.
What made the “story” sound more convincing was the comment from party spokesperson Bhai Birendra that all RJD legislators would resign if his leader resigned. At the same time he added Tejashwi was not the kind of leader who would leave his responsibility midway.
Eventually, Tejashwi himself cleared the air saying he had never offered his resignation. “I never offered my resignation. This is a rumour,” he said.
Tejashwi in the meanwhile launched a frontal attack on chief minister Nitish Kumar for deaths of children from suspected encephalitis in Muzaffarpur and around.
“In his affidavit filed in the Supreme Court Nitish Kumar has admitted that the posts of 47 percent doctors, 71 percent nurses, 62 percent lab technicians and 48 percent pharmacists were not filled up in his 14 year-old tenure. The CM must explain who is responsible for this?” asked Tejashwi.