“Can I Not Come Into Politics From Cricket?”: Asks Tejashwi Yadav

31-year-old Tejashwi Yadav has played state-level cricket and was a member of the Delhi IPL team before joining politics.

The Mahagathbandhan’s chief ministerial candidate and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, in the latest serving of his “Chief Minister-too-tired” attacks in this state poll campaign, said Nitish Kumar can no longer handle Bihar and his farewell is “guaranteed”.

Speaking to the reporters a day ahead of the second phase of voting in Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav also hit back at Nitish Kumar for mocking his stint in cricket.

“Nitish Kumar is unable to handle Bihar. There are vacant jobs in education, health and law and order. There are only 77 policemen per lakh population in Bihar. How come even Manipur has more per lakh? We’re asking the public to give us a chance, so we can do what Nitish Kumar couldn’t achieve in 15 years. His bidai (farewell) is guaranteed and a mahagathbandhan government coming,” Tejahswi Yadav said on Monday.

After CM Nitish Kumar derided Tejashwi Yadav as a cricketer, the latter hit out at Nitish and said: “What has happened to Nitish Kumar? Being such an experienced politician, how can he talk like that? Can we not come into politics from cricket and films? Does he mean that doctors, engineers can’t come either?”

31-year-old Tejashwi Yadav, who is heading the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) while his father Lalu Prasad Yadav remains in jail, has played state-level cricket and was a member of the Delhi IPL team before joining politics.

“The sportsman spirit, leadership qualities, team work, all this I learnt from cricket. In fact, I got the biggest exposure from cricket,” Tejashwi said.

In an interview on Sunday to CNN-News18, Nitish Kumar had hit out at Tejashwi Yadav and Chirag Paswan, two young politicians who are at the forefront in their opposition to incumbent Bihar CM. “How does it matter, one was from the field of cricket, another from cinema, let them have their publicity,” Nitish Kumar said.

Bihar will go through the second phase of voting tomorrow, while the third phase of voting will be conducted on October 7. The poll results will be announced on October 10.

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