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Lalu Yadav’s son ‘dumps’ T20 cricket, embraces politics

Tired of lugging around drinks for the Delhi Daredevils (DD) and failing to make it to the team’s playing eleven for four Twenty20 championship seasons, former railway minister Lalu Prasad’s son, Tejashwi, has finally bid adieu to cricket and taken a plunge into politics.

Tejashwi, 24, is set to take off on a state-wide ‘yuva jan samartan yatra’ beginning 20 April ‘to link up with the youth and take my party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), where it has never been before’.

The severing of his contract with Delhi Daredevils after four seasons and giving up on it, he told HT, was a terrible disappointment ‘for someone who had earlier captained Delhi’s under-15 and under-17 teams’.

‘But I wasn’t getting anywhere with DD as it had two more prominent players in Virendra Sehwag and Tilakratne Dilshan doing what I do, bat middle order and bowl off spin’, Tejashwi said.

Younger of Lalu Prasad’s two sons and his political heir apparent, Tejashwi’s first outings in politics were his brief appearances by his father’s side during the 2009 Lok Sabha poll and the 2010 Bihar assembly election.

‘But now its full time politics for me’, he said.

For someone whose father was once quoted as saying, ‘Yeh IT-YT kya hota hai’, it’s ironical that Tejashwi wants to exactly that make the RJD IT savvy and use the social media for its image makeover.
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