Tejashwi won't resign, coalition intact: Lalu Prasad Yadav

Henrietta Brewer
July 15, 2017

Yadav, the son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, is the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and has been named by the CBI as an accused in its probe into land-for-hotels scandal.

As Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar mounted pressure on his deputy and RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav to quit, the Congress, which is the third alliance partner in the state government, moved in swiftly for some damage control. Keeping the current political scenario in the mind, sources told India TV that a "final" decision on his deputy Tejashwi Yadav's fate is likely to be taken at the meet. "Lalu, along with his selected aides and senior members, chose to wait for Nitish to sack Tejashwi". Earlier in the day, the JD (U) said that RJD legislators should "stop boasting about its 80 MLAs" and Lalu should come clean on the source of his family's assets.

He was asked to comment on Bihar BJP President Nithyanand Rai's reported remarks that the BJP would consider providing outside support to the JD-U if it snaps ties with Lalu Prasad's RJD. Kumar, who was sitting next to Labour Resources Minister and RJD leader Vijay Prakash, subsequently swapped his seat with JD (U) Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, who was sitting on his right. RJD allegedly said that these cases are a conspiracy by BJP in order to break the great alliance and Nitish Yadav knew about it.

Praising the talent and hard working nature of Bihar's people, Kumar said that Biharis are not only contributing in Bihar's development rather they are also contributing and help running various parts of the country.

Speaking to CNN-News18, BJP leader Nitin Naveen said, "There is no question of supporting Tejashwi".

Chaurasia said that Bihar will never develop under such circumstances.

Tensions escalated on Saturday as Yadav skipped an official meet where Kumar was also going to be present. However, party insiders said that the meeting has been convened to discuss the presidential election, slated for July 17.

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad's son Tejaswi said false charges have been framed by CBI and he will give a befitting reply. It is reported that the three have together accumulated property of over Rs. 1000 crore through improper allocation of tenders during Lalu Prasad Yadav's tenure as the Railway Minister.

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