Tej Pratap Yadav, the elder son of Lalu Prasad, on Saturday claimed that his father has been held "hostage" in Delhi, adding that he is not being allowed to come to Patna despite getting bail from jail earlier this year. While addressing a training programme organized by the Chhatra Janshakti Parishad, a students' organisation floated by him, Yadav said, "Despite getting bail months ago, my father is being held hostage in Delhi."
"I spoke to my father and asked him to stay with me in Patna and look after the organization of the party. When my father used to live in Patna, the main gate of our residence used to be open and he used to meet the common people in the outhouse." Tej Pratap Yadav said.
Yadav also alleged that there are some people in the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) who are "dreaming" of becoming the national president of the party.
"My father (Lalu Prasad Yadav) is unwell. There are 4-5 people in party who've seen dream of becoming Rashtriya Janata Dal's national chief. Don't need to name them as it's known to everyone. He was released nearly yr ago from jail but is held hostage in Delhi," Tej Pratap Yadav said.
"Some people are not letting him go and keeping him forcibly away from me, feeding him wrong information about me," he added.
Tej Pratap Yadav also hinted that the RJD, which is being led by Tejashwi Yadav, maybe on the verge of collapse.
Tej Pratap launched the Chhatra Janshakti Parishad earlier in September this year, and claimed that its main objective would be to raise issues like education, health and unemployment in Bihar.
Yadav, however, clarified that his student organisation was not a separate entity but would be an integral part of the RJD and its main objective was to strengthen the party.
The maverick MLA came out with the announcement, claiming, as always, that he had "the blessings of Lalu Prasad", at a time when he was left licking his wounds after losing the battle in a tug of war with state party chief Jagadanand Singh.
Jagadanand Singh had earlier sacked Tej Pratap’s close aide Akash Yadav as the state president of Chhatra RJD (students' wing).