'Sidelined' Tej Pratap says anti-social elements trying to break RJD, denies rift with Tejashwi
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad's elder son and former Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav on Saturday denied reports of any differences between him and his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav.
He also claimed that some party leaders with vested interests are keen to create division and dispute between him and his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav.
Terming Tejashwi as his 'Kaleje ka Tukda', the one who is closest to his heart, he warned the 'Sanghis' to stop spreading rumours. "Sanghiyon.. Afwah phailane ki koshish mat karo aur kaan khol kar sunn lo .. Tejashwi mere kaleje ka tukda hai (Sanghis, do not try to spread rumours. Tejashwi is the one closest to my heart)," he tweeted.
"Party people don't receive my calls and say they've been asked by seniors leaders to do so. No differences between my brother and I. We'll have to remove elements from party who want to break us. Want senior leaders to identify and expel them," Tej Pratap Yadav was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Earlier in the day, Tej Pratap Yadav created a controversy with a tweet hinting that he may retire from politics.
The 29-year-old RJD leader in a tweet, referred to 'Mahabharat' and said that he wishes to leave the empire for Arjun (Tejashwi Yadav) and go on a leave. Yadav added that, however, a few people are worried that he would be known as the 'kingmaker'.
The tweet had led to the speculations of a rift between the brothers. However, while speaking to CNN-News 18, Tej Pratap Yadav said that he is not happy with the working of the party and admitted that a few people are trying to create a rift between him and Tejashwi Yadav.
"People in the party is trying to create a rift between us. They don't even pick up my phone now," he said.
The party is facing a crisis since its president and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav was jailed following his involvement in fodder scams.