Bihar Assembly: Lalu's Son Tejaswi Yadav Is RJD Party Leader

30/11/2015 3:45 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian politician Lalu Prasad Yadav (R) walks with his son Tejaswi (L) and security personnel as he leaves Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi on December 16, 2013, following his release from the prison. Yadav, the head of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) party has been released some two-and-a-half months after he was convicted in a fodder scam case. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

PATNA -- Lalu Prasad's son and Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav was today named the leader of RJD legislature party in the new Bihar Assembly, a decision slammed by BJP as "open display of dynastic politics".

Lalu Prasad, who was authorised by the RJD legislature party earlier to take the decision, nominated Tejaswi Yadav, a first time MLA from Raghopur seat in Vaishali, as RJD Legislature Party leader in the Assembly, his close aide and MLA Bhola Yadav told PTI.

The RJD chief's wife Rabri Devi will head the legislature party of the bicameral body.

While Tejaswi Yadav is the Deputy Chief Minister of the state, Rabri Devi is a member of state Legislative Council.

Tejaswi's appointment highlights the RJD chief's efforts to guide his younger son to become his heir apparent.

After the recent Assembly polls, RJD is the single largest party with 80 members in the 243-member Bihar Assembly.

The appointment of Tejaswi Yadav drew stinging remarks from opposition BJP.

New BJP Legislature party leader Prem Kumar, who is also leader of the opposition, told reporters that "it is an open display of dynastic politics".

"Nation has seen Lalu Prasad playing dynastic politics during 15-year-rule of RJD in the state from 1990 to 2005 and the same is continuing now," Prem Kumar said.

"Lalu Prasad believes only in 'parivarwad' (dynastic politics) and not in 'Loktantra' (democracy)," he said.

Tejaswi Yadav hit back at BJP, saying "when people have accepted us (he and his brother Tej Pratap Yadav) and elected us why is BJP finding fault?"

"I am aware of my huge responsibility and will try to perform to the best of my capacity," he told reporters.

"If BJP finds fault in my performance it has every right to criticise me," he said.

Former Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi described the appointment as "internal matter of RJD".

"There is no bar on appointment of son of a politician to any post as per rules and we should not make personal comment on anybody," Manjhi told reporters.

On Tejaswi Yadav's "lack of experience", Manjhi said, "Let's see him working for 1-2 months, then judge him."

26-year-old Tejaswi Yadav sat next to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the 16th Legislative Assembly which met for the first time today after elections.

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