Misa Bharti Says, "Yes, Tejashwi and Tej Pratap Are Fighting"

Misa Bharti Says, "Yes, Tejashwi and Tej Pratap Are Fighting"

Misa Bharti Says, "Yes, Tejashwi and Tej Pratap Are Fighting" 

New Delhi: Bihar leader Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter confirmed the speculation that all is not well in the family and acknowledged "differences" between her brothers Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav.

A Rajya Sabha parliamentarian of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), she said: "There are differences between my brothers but RJD is a big family and there is no shortage of votes for the party."

Misa added that it was "common these days" for brothers in any family to have strained relations.

Oldest among Lalu Yadav-Rabri Devi's nine children, Misa made the big revelation at a "Litti-Chokha" get-together of party workers on the outskirts of Patna. The place where she addressed the crowds is a part of the Patliputra constituency where she lost in 2014 and pledged to contest again.

Misa's admission is a blow to her father and party chief Lalu Yadav.

Lalu Yadav, who is desperate to keep his family united while he serves his sentence for corruption, summoned both brothers to Ranchi, where he is being treated at a jail hospital.

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The meeting was meant to effect de-escalation between the brothers, with the tension between them almost paralyzing party activity just months before the national election.

The 29-year-old former cricket player, Tejashwi who is now seen as his father's political heir, denied any bickering with his older brother. His father warned that the sibling rivalry could not have peaked at a worse time for the party.

Till last year, Tejashwi and Tej Pratap were both ministers in Bihar, when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dumped the RJD and revived his ties with the BJP. The Bihar's cheif minister Nitish Kumar cited corruption charges against Tejashwi, who was his deputy, as the reason behind the swap.

Tejashwi who took charge of the party after his father's imprisonment, took control as the state opposition leader and showed immense promise, Misa, a doctor, and Tej Pratap, an actor, reportedly chafed at their younger brother's rising stature in the party.

Pointedly, Misa today said if anybody wanted to fight with her from the front, she could "fight like Queen Lakshmibai of Jhansi bai." However, if anybody back-stabbed her, she would not forgive them whether from the party or a top leader. She took no names, leaving it open to interpretation.

When some local channels, aired the news clip, Misa Bharti went into damage control and said, "My statement has been twisted. I had asked party workers to remain united and forget differences, the comment was not on our family. The family is one, there are no differences between us"


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