Bihar rift widens, Tejashwi skips event attended by Nitish

Tejashwi’s assertion comes a day after JD (U) secretary general KC Tyagi said that Nitish had not set any deadline for his resignation nor ever asked him to quit. “Tejashwi should have at least met Nitish Kumar, who is his boss, to present facts in his defence and tried to convince the CM”.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad have called separate meetings of lawmakers in Patna on Sunday, as a part of the preparation for Monday’s presidential polls, media reports said. He added that Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar should “stand firm” in seeking Tejashwi’s resignation.

On July 7, Lalu Yadav’s Patna home and other properties were raided by the CBI which says that he abused his earlier term as union Railways Minister to acquire valuable rea estate at throwaway prices for his children including Tejashwi Yadav.

With CM Nitish Kumar toughening his stance on Tejashwi Yadav episode, RJD chief Lalu Yadav appears to have finally budged and signalled that some action will be taken to save the “Mahagathbandhan”. The statement came amid the speculation that Nitish Kumar might take some strong decisions regarding the grand alliance in the state after the Presidential election that is now going on.

Though none of the JD (U) spokesmen made any statement on the issue today, party MLA Shyam Bahadur Singh said, “Gatbandhan aaj toot jaye to achha hain”.

The state BJP on Sunday maintained that it is with CM Nitish Kumar in his fight against corruption and his party, the JD (U), should resolve its differences with the RJD of Lalu Prasad on the issue of deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav for the final push to their mutual fight to the climactic ‘aar-paar (that leaves nothing to doubt)’ situation.