Who Is He?: Tejashwai Yadav Over Prashant Kishor’s Bihar’s Development Project

Patna: Tejashwi Yadav, the leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), disputed poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s claim that Bihar has seen “no development in 30 years.”

Mr Kishor had accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav for the state’s lack of progress during their terms in office.

Speaking to reporters here, Tejashwi Yadav termed the remark baseless. “Prashant Kishor’s statement does not make any sense to even merit an answer. It is a baseless statement. I am not aware of his whereabouts, who is he? He has never been a factor in anything so far,” he said.

The RJD leader also addressed the Chief Minister’s response to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act’s implementation throughout the country, criticising the Nitish Kumar-led party for voting in favour of the Bill in Parliament.

According to Mr Kumar, the CAA is a policy issue, and the state government is more concerned with protecting people from Covid. The comments were made in reaction to a statement by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who stated that the Act would be enforced shortly as the pandemic ended.

“Our stand is clear on CAA-NRC. We have always been opposing this in the Parliament and I don’t think it will be implemented anytime soon in Bihar. JDU had supported the Bill in Parliament. The people had hit the roads in protest against the Bill and every party had put forward its stance on the matter. If the JDU voted in favour of CAA, then statements do not matter,” the RJD leader said.

Tejashwi Yadav, in a dig at the Chief Minister, claimed his party had voted in favour of the Bill in Parliament, hence his comments on the subject were irrelevant.

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