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Reality Bites RJD

Veterans warn that the party’s traditional caste politics holds no appeal for today’s social media-savvy youth

Amitabh Srivastava

“Aapko nikalna hoga, is tarah se kaam nahin chalega. Maar khayiye aap, hum chahenge Tejashwi lathi khaein, hum chahenge Tejashwi jail jaein. Phir dekhiye kaise nahin chunaav jitaate hain hum (You will have to come out [of your shell]. This [disinterested] approach won’t work. I would like Tejashwi to endure beatings, go to jail. Then, you will see, we will make you win elections).”

A huge applause rents the air as RJD vice-president Shivanand Tiwari offers such eyebrow-raising advice at the foundation day event of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Patna on July 5. While party seniors, including Rabri Devi, looked on impassively, the irony of Tejashwi Yadav, RJD founder Lalu Yadav’s chosen political heir, being absent was not lost on the gathering.

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