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RJD nepotism: Tej Pratap Yadav asks brother-in-law to stay in Bihar government meeting

In an expected yet shameless exhibition of nepotism, Bihar Minister for Environment, Forestry and Tej Pratap Yadav has been seen along with his brother-in-law at a meeting with department officials of the new RJD-JD(U) government in the state. The photograph was repeatedly snapped on Wednesday.

Tej Pratap was holding a meeting with officers from Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) when Shailesh was also found sitting next to the chairman of BSPCB.

Department sources said on the condition of anonymity that Shailesh Kumar, married to Yadav's eldest sister Misa Bharti, a Rajya Sabha MP herself, had come to the office on 17 August to congratulate his wife's younger brother upon securing a cabinet berth. Yadav, who enjoys ill-repute of disrespecting ethical standards, asked the brother-in-law to be seated next to him until the meeting was over and the two could have a chat, they said.

Tej Pratap, who was the health minister when the RJD-led grand alliance was in power from 2025 and 2017, is known for his 'unconventional' methods. But more surprisingly, even his elder brother and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav who is holding the health portfolio also landed in controversy when his close aide and political advisor Sanjay Yadav was also seen along with him in a meeting of the departmental officers.

Sanjay Yadav attended the meeting even when he was not holding any official position. In the departmental meetings, only ministers and officers concerned are allowed to attend the meeting.

Lalu Prasad Yadav's enfant terrible ended up sharing pictures of the meeting on Twitter. The BJP, always waiting for an opportunity to highlight embarrassing aspects of the government, pounced on the opportunity. "It is not at all surprising since whatever may be the RJD's posturing with regard to its politics of casteism and religious appeasement, the party is basically meant to further the interests of the family," BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand said in a statement.

Anand's comment was an obvious reference to Yadav being the son of RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi and his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav becoming the deputy chief minister. However, this was not the first occasion when a minister was caught in an administratively compromised situation.

Last year, the then minister for animal husbandry and fisheries Mukesh Sahani attracted the wrong kind of public attention after he deputed his brother to inaugurate a department function since he could not attend.

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