Unlike his father, who seldom keeps a cellphone or uses social networking sites to reach out to supporters, 24-year-old Tejashwi Yadav, younger son of Lalu Prasad, is not e-wary.
His father may have once, famously, said, "Yeh IT-YT kya hota hai", but the young leader is tech-savvy, loves to check his Facebook account and uses Twitter for the latest information. With his cricketing career not quite picking up, the younger Yadav is all set to do what his parents have done for over 15 years now' address the party's leaders'and from the same venue too.
On Wednesday he had convened a meeting of RJD youth leaders to discuss the strategy of the Parivartan rally scheduled at Gandhi Maidan on May 15.
The main agenda of the meeting was to mobilise youth for the rally and give the best to make the rally a success. And he is pulling out all stops towards this goal, like using the social media to reach out to the party's supporters.
"If my father is not available for our people, I am always there and they can contact me anytime and anywhere. No doubt, he is my idol and will continue to be so, but it's my decision to join politics as a full-time worker and I'll do whatever the party needs from me," Tejashwi, a commerce graduate from Delhi University, told The Telegraph.
Senior RJD leaders ' like former MP Alok Mehta, former MLC and RJD youth president Sheochandra Ram and MLA from Marhaura in Saran district Jeetendra Rai, besides party spokesperson Randhir Yadav ' were also present to boost the morale of Tejashwi, who holds no party post at the moment. But ask him about the chair and he says: "It is a big responsibility and I must perform my duties and must respect this chair."
Accompanying him was Sanjay Yadav, an engineer, who is looking after creating awareness among the RJD youth as far as using the latest technology is concerned. Asked about the way he will handle the party, Tejashwi, who has not got any post in the party, said: "We will give a platform to the youth of Bihar, which is not happening yet. For your information, my father has said that in the next assembly election, 60 per cent of tickets will be given to youths only. We have to make our party stronger and for that it is important that youths get a fair chance in the party.
Talking about his father's talent, he also said that he is a mass leader and down to earth person.
"He is always supportive and always encouraged me what I wanted to do in life and this time is politics," said Tejashwi.
The two cellphones in his hand may set him apart from his father, but one cannot miss similarities ' his sitting style is a lot like his father Lalu Yadav's, casually with sleepers off his feet, a trade mark of Lalu.