Too Early to Declare the Name of Next CM Candidate; Says RJD Leader

RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh sipping tea with party President Lalu Prasad Yadav in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: After some faint praise of his boss Lalu Prasad Yadav who completed the formality of filing his nomination for the party's topmost post that only he has occupied since the inception of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), senior leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh rubbished the 'coronation' of Yadav's son Tejaswi Yadav saying no decision was taken as to who would be the party's Chief Ministerial candidate in the next Assembly elections.

Singh, who had just hours earlier said that only Lalu Prasad Yadav was capable of steering the party from the current turmoil it was going through, rubbished the claims of both the party chief and his eldest son Tej Pratap Yadav both of whom had earlier said that Yadav's youngest son and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejaswi Yadav would be the party's Chief Ministerial candidate in the next Vidhan Sabha polls.

"These types of statements are said in haste and don't mean much at this time of the political phase. The announcements are premature and opinions of just a few individuals. The name of the candidate would be announced when the time is appropriate," Singh, who is said to be miffed by his treatment as an 'outsider' in a party that he has served from the day it was formed in 1997, said.

Singh, careful not to offend his bosses within the Yadav family, said that the RJD believed in the democratic values within the party in which everyone was free to express his or her opinion.

"Tej Pratap Yadav who announced his brother's name as the party's CM candidate for the next state elections is only his opinion, not a formal announcement. Everyone has the right to express his or her opinion freely and therefore, not everything said should be taken as the final word on the topic. However, a name would formally be announced shortly but that would be only after listening to everyone's opinion and taking all suggestions into consideration," the senior party leader said.

He, however, skirted a question on why Lalu Prasad Yadav was always elected the party President saying no one ever files his nomination so the party has no choice but to elect Yadav over and over again.

"There is no dearth of talent within the party but one must also have required votes to be elected to the party President's post. Moreover, you don't change the horse in middle of a race. The party is going through a crisis and no one is more capable of steering it to safety than Lalu Prasad Yadav," he repeated.

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