Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav was at the receiving end of not just political rivals but amongst twitterati as well on Monday after pictures of his 30th birthday celebration in a chartered plane went viral on the social media.
In the pictures, Yadav is seen with his close aides Sanjay Yadav and Mani Yadav and Lalu Yadav’s associate Bhola Yadav cutting his birthday cake on a charted flight reportedly from Ranchi to Patna on Saturday.
Lashing out at Tejashwi, Bihar BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand said, “These leaders were born with silver spoons, they not only make fun of the poor, but are also the black spots in the name of a political party.” “The RJD is a directionless and unintelligent family party,” he added.
One Twitter user said, “Who said Bihar is a poor state? Birthday celebration of Tejashwi Yadav, son of Lalu, in a private jet.”
— Jay Kumar (@JayKumarHere) November 11, 2019
Another netizen asked, “Is he a leader of the poor of Bihar.”
Tejashwi Yadav celebrating his birth day in a charter plane like Gandhi family. The distance from the leaders of the people has increased.
Are he the leader of the poor of Bihar? pic.twitter.com/8bLfoFJU5k
— AVNIJESH (@Avnijesh) November 11, 2019
The birthday celebrations of Tejashwi Yadav, the leader of “Garib-Gurba” & leader of opposition, Bihar Assembly are being celebrated in the charter plane, feasting in an airplane at an altitude of 30000 feet above the ground !😊 @Swamy39 ! pic.twitter.com/EVv0s2r622
— Abhilash Kartikeya (@AbhilashKartik2) November 11, 2019
The RJD, however, defended Tejashwi. “The Opposition parties are suffering from Tejashwiphobia after the bypolls and their blood pressure is rising. Why can’t a leader who talks about the poor celebrate his birthday?” said RJD spokesperson Mrityunjaya Tiwari.
Lalu Yadav’s son had on Saturday celebrated his birthday by planting 30 saplings at his 1, Polo Road bungalow in Patna. He also cut a 30-pound cake during the bash, which was attended by senior RJD functionaries, including the party’s state president Ramchandra Purbey, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Shiv Chandra Ram, Kanti Devi and Tanveer Hassan.
Tejashwi elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav, who attended the party, gifted him a copy of the Bhagwad Gita.