New Delhi:16/1:(odiannews):RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav Tuesday clarified Congress was as an “old ally” and a major political party with nationwide presence, rubbishing claims that he had snubbed his coalition partner by coming out insupport of the SP-BSP alliance in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.
The RJD heir apparent also remarked that during his Lucknow visit on Monday, “the media there kept prying as to whether I had come to UP holding a brief for the Congress”.
“It seems the media in Bihar and UP is clueless about my feelings for the Congress. My support to the SP-BSP alliance has evoked diametrically opposite views in the two states,” he told .“Congress-RJD ties date back to the excellent rapport that my father and Madam Sonia Gandhi shared. Rahul Gandhi and I are also on very good terms. Congress is a major political party with a nationwide presence....an old and valuable ally,” he asserted. Tejashwi, however, distanced himself from BSP supremo Mayawati’s assertion that the Congress was inconsequential in Uttar Pradesh and hence, kept out of the pre-poll alliance.
“I do not know in what context she said that,” he said. Asked about the charge sheet filed against former JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case, Tejashwi - who is the leader of the opposition in the state assembly - said, “Whoever speaks against the Narendra Modi government is faced with similar coercion”. “Just look at how CBI, ED and IT department have been unleashed on my entire family".