'We're tikaau not bikaau': Tejashwi Yadav

Tejashwi Yadav, the recently appointed deputy chief minister of Bihar and a leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, met with Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Congress, and a few other opposition leaders on Friday, August 12, 2022, in New Delhi, where they reportedly discussed the political climate in both his state and the nation as a whole.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that Nitish Kumar’s decision to create the Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar was a “slap on the BJP’s face” and that similar coalitions of opposition parties would be repeated around the nation while speaking to media in the nation’s capital.

The head of the Rashtriya, Janata Dal, said that the BJP was striving to eliminate regional parties and claimed that if they were, then the opposition and democracy would also be eliminated.

Tejahswi Yadav said that Lalu Prasad battled against forces of social justice and communalism. In addition, he said that the BJP was eliminating regional parties, citing events in Jharkhand and Maharashtra as evidence.

Yadav said, “BJP aims to purchase those who are prepared to be bought off and intimidate those who feel afraid.”

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“Institutions protected by the constitution are vanishing. They all have worse conditions than police stations, whether the Enforcement Directorate, the Central Bureau of Investigation, or the Income Tax (Department). Who are they trying to frighten?

The people of Bihar won’t be afraid of us. Bihari bikaau nahi, tikaau hota hai (People of Bihar cannot be bought off, they are trustworthy), is what I have stated, “said he.

Yadav said that the people of Bihar would never sacrifice their self-respect, noting that Nitish Kumar and Bihar have already shown this.

He said that the BJP intends to kill off regional parties since they are mostly composed of Dalits and those living in poverty.

“You sowed dissension inside Ram Vilas Paswan ji’s party to topple Nitish Kumar. Regional parties, the opposition, and democracy would all be destroyed if they failed. If democracy is defeated, a dictatorship will rule the nation, “said he.