October 1, 2023

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Dal women’s ‘open plea’ to Rabri

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Patna: The Janata Dal United on Saturday fielded three of its women spokespersons to counter the Opposition’s charges against the government on the Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal.

Anjum Ara, Sweta Vishwas and Bharti Mehta of Nitish Kumar’s JDU wrote an open letter to Tejashwi Prasad Yadav’s mother Rabri Devi on a day the leader of the Opposition sat on a dharna followed by a candle march at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on the Muzaffarpur scandal.

They said Rabri could not inculcate culture in her sons Tejashwi and Tej Pratap Yadav. The spokespersons of JDU – of which chief minister Nitish Kumar is also president – said the RJD leaders had no right to speak about women’s safety and empowerment because they have never respected a woman.

The spokespersons released the two-page letter written in Hindi that was addressed to Rabri, the RJD’s national vice-president.

“Being a woman, we hope you understand the pain of a woman. You are also a mother with a long political career. You know well when children grow up, they learn from their family and surroundings. Unfortunately, both your sons – Tejashwi and Tej Pratap Yadav – molested a girl at a very young age in New Delhi. As a mother you never objected. Your sons do not have the right to speak about women’s safety, as they have molested girls,” Anjum claimed.

Tejashwi and Tej Pratap are alleged to have been involved in an eve-teasing incident in New Delhi in January 2008. JDU MLC Neeraj Kumar and chief spokesperson Sanjay Singh also alleged on Friday that both of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s sons were involved in the sexual harassment incident of 2008, and that Tejashwi’s private assistant Mani Yadav had been charged in Patna under the Immoral Trafficking Act in 2011.

Sweta Vishwas on Saturday said the sons have learned to disrespect women from father Lalu Prasad.

“We still remember how Raj Ballabh Yadav met Lalu Prasad during Navratri during which girls are worshiped. Raj Ballabh is accused of raping a minor and is in jail. This incident must have made an impact on the minds of both brothers. The reality is they were not brought up in a culture of good politics and behaviour. This is why they are maligning the state’s name to attain power. For the lessons they have drawn from their family members, investigative agencies keep on visiting their house,” said Sweta.

Bharti stressed that Rabri’s sons were bound to be affected by the company they keep – for instance, she claimed, Mani Yadav.

“Being elder, we urge you (Rabri) to remove such people from your party who play with a woman’s dignity. Power will come and go but culture can only be inculcated in a person at the right time. The first big mistake you did was not allowing your sons to complete their education. It is your deeds for which one is riding bicycle and another is wearing clothes of a god. It is our humble request to remove such people from the party,” said Bharti.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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