But The ‘Winner’ Is Tejashwi Yadav

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KAJAL CHATTERJEE, KOLKATA

SENIOR RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav might have failed to achieve his ultimate mission of unseating  the NDA government in Bihar, but in moral terms he is indeed the winner. Not only was he fighting against the state government, but the might of the Indian state as well – the NDA is ruling the country and top most leaders of the alliance, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, threw  their weight behind Nitish Kumar. Yet  not  the BJP, but  the RJD has emerged as the leading party in terms of seats won,    which is an excellent feat getting hidden under the NDA victory and shrill winning chant of the BJP! Most importantly the attitude of Tejashwi Yadav deserves special mention. There was relentless character assassination of Lalu Prasad Yadav by NDA leaders,   who also kept  harping  that there could be return of ‘jungle raj’ if the  Grand Alliance is voted to power. There was whipping of Hindu sentiments,  fanning of Islamophobia and shrewd play of caste factors by the NDA leaders. However, Tejashwi  Yadav did not stoop to personal mudslinging despite his father being attacked. And far from bringing religion and caste into the fray, Tejashwi Yadav confined himself to bread and butter issues (including health and education).  Just like Rahul Gandhi, Tejashwi Yadav acted as an ideal leader talking of basic problems affecting the common people and striving towards redressing them. The RJD leader did not play to the gallery unlike his political adversaries, who directed all their energy and time towards having grand temples, gigantic statues, sky-kissing flags and bullet trains. Not mere gaining of power or government formation, but conscience and morality should be the raison d’être in politics  (as in all spheres of life), and Tejashwi Yadav has indeed passed this litmus test in
flying colours.