Lalu Prasad lashes out at Nitish for backing Ram Nath Kovind

18 July, 2017, 06:31 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Tejaswi yadav and Nitish Kumar

"It was the deputy CM's moral responsibility to brief the CM about the CBI raids". 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.

After the elections are over, it is highly likely that Tejashwi might have to resign or Nitish might sack him.

Earlier last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a corruption case against Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejaswi; former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P.K. Goyal; and the wife of Lalu's confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006.

Party leaders have already hinted the chief minister will take a final decision after Tuesday.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar, who stirred a hornet's next with the GA by deciding that his party, the JD (U) would back NDA nominee in the Presidential poll, didn't turn up at the polling venue. The party said it will 'not take even 5 minutes to walk out of the government' if need be.

Lalu slammed Nitish as he is supporting Kovind.

"Nitish is the leader of Mahagathbandhan, no one else". "We hope good sense would prevail and RJD would take a wise decision to end the JD (U)'s worries", Tyagi told TOI.

Tejashwi, who was accompanied by RJD chief whip in the Assembly Lalit Yadav, also claimed 100 per cent voting by the RJD and Congress MLAs in favour of the UPA presidential nominee Meira Kumar. On Sunday, Congress state president Ashok Chaudhary was held a series of talks with both the leaders.

"Coalitions may see tensions and pressures but everything is all right in the Grand Alliance", said Janata Dal-United spokesperson Neeraj Kumar.

However, the sources said Nitish was against any mediation by the Congress for now as the RJD has refused to respond to his demand for an explanation on corruption charges against deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav.

Another senior RJD leader and former MP Shivanand Tiwari has appealed to Nitish Kumar to end the crisis.

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