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Son shines in maiden meet

Patna, Feb. 1: Tejaswi Yadav’s maiden news meet today would definitely put a smile on dad Lalu Prasad’s face.

The cricketer-turned-politician not only answered with a straight bat, he retained his composure while facing controversial questions from journalists.

In fact, he did one better on his father. Unlike Lalu who seldom cares for schedules, the young leader reached the RJD office at Beer Chand Patel Marg well ahead of 4pm, the scheduled time.

As the clock struck 4, Tejaswi asked former MP Alok Mehta to accompany him to the adjacent room where the reporters were waiting.

The conference room looked spruced up in contrast to other days. All the lights were switched on and one could not miss a lotus fragrance in the room.

The 24-year-old looked calm and answered questions maintaining his composure and poise. At his first news meet, he chose to concentrate on the youth.

Starting his briefing at 4.05pm, Tejaswi said 300 youth activists of the party had attended a two-day training camp of the party, organised at Rajgir in Nalanda on January 29 and 30.

He said the camp had been organised to ask youths to take part in social and political development of the state. He added: “The youngsters got an opportunity to interact with senior leaders like Raghuvansh Prasad, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Ram Kripal Yadav and Ram Chandra Purbey.”

During his briefing, he cited examples of Jayaprakash Narayan, Karpoori Thakur and Ram Manohar Lohia. To his credit, he did not lose his temper when asked about his father being convicted in the fodder scam and corruption charges against him.

He said: “The RJD national president is a victim of political conspiracy and has been convicted under Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code. We have full faith in the court. We hope he will eventually come out clean.”

He faced around 15 to 20 questions and replied to all of them without any help from senior leader Alok Mehta and Shiv Chandra Ram, RJD youth wing president, who joined the conference after 15 minutes. The meet went on for 35 minutes.