The Yadav family in Bihar is heading towards a split with jailed RJD leader Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap reportedly announcing to contest the Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate against his father-in-law Chandrika Rai from Saran. According to the reports, Tej Pratap Yadav, who resigned from the party’s student wing on Thursday, also threatened to quit the RJD.
The RJD on Friday announced distribution of seats among 'Mahagathbandhan' partners. The party fielded Rai as its candidate from Saran. Tej Pratap, who married to Chandrika Rai's daughter Aishwarya, has had troubled relations with his in laws ever since he decided to dviroce his wife.
Meanwhile, Rai has denied having any rifts with his son-in-law. Speaking to News Nation, the RJD candidate from Saran said that Tej Pratap was party's star campaigner and may even campaign for him as well.
"My son-in-law is not angry. I am ready for the election, I personally am not aware that Tej Pratap is fighting polls. He is the star campaigner of the party. He will campaign for the entire party in Bihar, he can also campaign for me," he told News Nation.
On Thursday, RJD leader Tej Pratap resigned as the 'sanrakshak' (mentor) of the party's students wing. "I am resigning from the post of Chhatra Rashtriya Janata Dal Sanrakshak. Those who think I am ignorant are ignorant themselves. I am well aware of who is worth what," he tweeted.
The sudden development comes as a major embarrassment to the party which has been beset by speculations of fierce rivalry between Tej Pratap and his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav. Tejashwi has been declared as the political heir apparent of the RJD supremo.