Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, son of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is going to set out on his “Janadesh Apman Yatra” from Motihari in East Champaran, on August 9 to circulate his message that Nitish Kumar had repudiated the big mandate received by ‘grand alliance’ by taking his party, the JD(U) out of it and forming a new government with BJP.
He will start his padayatra from the exact spot where Mahatma Gandhi launched his first satyagraha in 1917, to ‘expose’ Kumar’s “double speak” and his “opportunistic alliance” with BJP.
The entire RJD, including party senior leaders, MPs, MLAs and workers have been in the field urging people to join the “BJP hatao, Desh Bachao” rally in Patna on 27 August.
Tejashwi lost his position of deputy chief minister when Nitish Kumar resigned as chief minister, leading to the fall of the 20-month-old grand alliance government in Bihar.
Nitish Kumar had insisted on Tejashwi resigning before he resigned himself. He had expressed displeasure over the way Tejashwi issued clarifications on charged levelled against him. The former CM had told Tejashwi that resignation was the best option. At that point, Tejashwi is said to have listened to him ‘patiently’.
“Nitish knew that he was soon going to be hauled up by the court and will have to quit in any case. He made the Tejashwi issue a ruse to exit before that happens,” an RJD senior claimed.
Now as the next big step, Tejashwi will seek ‘forgiveness’ from the people for accompanying Nitish on a 7-km-long padayatra, last April, as part of the centenary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran satyagraha of 1917.
“Between August 9 and 10, he will be covering five districts, namely, West and East Champaran, Sheohar, Sitamarhi and Muzaffarpur,” said RJD spokesperson Pragati Mehta. His yatra will apparently have all the elements of ‘satyagraha’, including a prayer meeting near Gandhi’s statue and bhajan singing, followed by public meetings.