An enthusiastic cricketer whose career never really took off, a political greenhorn who got power on a silver platter but failed to keep it, a scion of Bihar’s most powerful family who could not get past the 9th grade.
That was Tejashwi Yadav until the 2020 assembly polls marked the coming of age of a politician who courageously went down fighting an army of battle-hardened veterans.
He may have failed to learn the textbook lessons at Delhi Public School, R K Puram, in the national capital but showed an uncanny knack of reading the mind of voters, like his more famous father, as he led the opposition Grand Alliance to an impressive performance in the polls winning 110 seats in the 243-member assembly.
The 31-year-old also powered the RJD to the status of the single largest party in the House with 75 seats.
It is undoubtedly difficult to struggle and succeed on one’s own and chalk out a place of your own in any profession. But it is also very difficult to belong to an influential family and then create a place of your own in that particular profession. Tejashwi has done it with the Bihar assembly polls.
Analysts feel Tejashwi’s poll promise of sanctioning “10 lakh government jobs at my first cabinet meeting” was a masterstroke which had the young voter swooning in a state reeling from widespread joblessness sparked by COVID-induced lockdown when the return of countless migrants home brought the state’s largely agrarian economy under further stress.