Lalu’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav at a function in Patna on Saturday
PATNA: In yet another hand-written letter posted on a social media account of RJD veteran Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Saturday, he made a veiled attack on Lalu Prasad and his family, accusing them of practising dynasty politics. He also claimed that the party has deviated from the ideals on which it was founded.
This letter is also dated September 10 like his previous five letters, including the first one, in which he parted ways with the RJD chief, and those addressed to CM Nitish Kumar.
Attacking the Lalu family, the letter written in Hindi stated, “Photos of five members of one family have replaced Gandhi, BR Ambedkar, Jai Prakash, Lohiya and Karpoori Thakur.” He also complained that his suggestions for strengthening the party were not even read.
Though a source in AIIMS-Delhi confirmed that Raghuvansh was put on ventilator early on Saturday, the letter was uploaded in his Facebook account the same day.
“Based on ideology and for the sake of Mahatma Gandhi, Babu Jaiprakash, Dr Lohiya, Baba Saheb and Jannayak Karpoori Thakur, lakhs of people had suffered, but they did not deter. However, now, socialism has been replaced by feudalism, caste-politics, dynasty politics, familism and communalism, which are dangerous. Socialism emerged against these evils. And now photos of the five great men have been replaced by the photo of five members of the same family,” Raghuvansh said hinting at the Lalu family.
Raghuvansh said there was a time when we used to give speeches that ‘a queen does not give birth to the king’ in a democracy. “But what is happening now?” he questioned, which political experts feel pointed towards Lalu’s younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav’s projection as the CM face.
Without naming any political party, he talked about the “sale of party tickets” and at the end complained about how people holding “bigger responsibilities” were demoted. He even said he had written letters on how to strengthen RJD’s organizational structure, but those suggestions were ignored.
This was the sixth letter uploaded on the former parliamentarian’s social media account, and it is not clear who is uploading the letters on his behalf. RJD leaders avoided commenting on this fresh letter and several of them did not receive the phone calls made by TOI. A senior RJD leader, however, said the content of this letter reflects his wrath and added, “I think the matter has become worse now.”
Another party leader said, senior members were keeping a tab on Raghuvansh’s health, but they were not in a position to meet him as he was in a critical condition.
“We at present are worried about his health and our national president has made it clear that both of them will sit and sort out any issues. Also, this is just a letter and Raghuvansh Babu has not spoken anything yet, so we will not comment unless he speaks on his own,” said RJD state spokesperson Mritunjay Tiwari.