Amid stand-off, Tejashwi Yadav skips function attended by Nitish Kumar

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.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: July 16, 2017 4:27 am
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Amid a tense standoff between alliance partners JD(U) and RJD, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday skipped a state government function where he was to share the dais with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The CM had been invited as chief guest at the function organised by the Bihar Skill Development Mission and Tejashwi was to be “special guest”.

While Labour Resources Minister Vijay Prakash, an RJD leader, presided over the function to celebrate the first anniversary of ‘Kushal Yuva Karyakram’, there was visible awkwardness among the organisers over Tejashwi’s absence.

First, Tejashwi’s nameplate was covered with a piece of cloth and later, the nameplate was removed. The seating order was then changed and Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh of the JD(U) was given a seat next to theCM.

Later, in his speech, the CM made no mention of Lalu and delivered a completely apolitical speech on the “hardworking” people of Bihar and how “they are almost indispensable”.

Tejashwi’s absence at the function comes a day after Lalu rejected the possibility of his son putting in his papers over FIRs lodged against them, besides Rabri Devi and others, on allegations of corruption.

On his return from Ranchi late Friday night after appearing in courts in connection with the fodder scam cases, Lalu had said that Tejashwi would not resign and claimed that the case against him was “politically motivated”. Later, after a meeting with RJD legislators, Lalu said, “Tejashwi Yadav istifa nahi denge. FIR darj hone se koi istifa nahi deta hai (Tejashwi Yadav will not resign. No one resigns because of an FIR).”

“RJD ki or se gatbandhan mein koi aaanch nahi aayega (There will not any problem to the alliance from the RJD),” he said.

Earlier in the day, the JD(U) had issued a statement, saying RJD legislators should “stop boasting about its 80 MLAs” and Lalu should come clean on the source of his family’s assets.

On Saturday, senior JD(U) leader Shyam Rajak, once a close confidant of Lalu, said, “Laluji bujurgiyat me anap shanap bol rahe hain… Janta agar sar par chadhati hai to utaar bhi deti hai (Lalu Prasad is speaking nonsense because of his senility. If people can bring you to power, they can also pull you down).”

The RJD and the Congress have called a joint meeting of their MLAs on Sunday to discuss the presidential poll strategy, while the JD(U) has convened a separate meeting of its MLAs at the CM’s residence to discuss the same issue. However, there is speculation that the JD(U) meeting could also discuss Tejashwi.

A JD(U) source said any decision on the alliance would now be taken only after the presidential poll on Monday. “There are two options: the CM can either sack Tejashwi from the Cabinet or himself offer to resign. If Tejashwi is told to go, there is the possibility of an RJD backlash, with all their ministers offering to resign. We do not want to get into such a situation and want the onus on saving the alliance to be on Laluji,” said a source close to the CM.

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    module
    Jul 16, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    There may not be any scam or deals. If at all something is there, that HC or SC will decide. let CBI do their duty. Before election in 2014, Modi and BJP promised that, within 30 to 100 days, they will prove all scams like, 2G, Spectrum, Agusta Helicopter, Robert Vedra land, CW Games, Black money from Switzerland, Coal gate scam etc. First time in India, after 20 years one full phase majority govt is there in center. Then why in last 3 years, BJP could not proved a single scams. It's all media made fake news, propaganda and BJP founds that, is no reality or unable to do nothing. Perhaps, they wants keep all these alive for election agenda or issues in coming year. Nitish Kumar still not sure.
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      Joji Cherian
      Jul 16, 2017 at 10:18 am
      Did Nitish think Lalu and family were clean, devoid of any misdeeds when he entered into alliance with RJD? Nithish is the biggest hypocrite.Opertunist
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        Dr.Deshpande
        Jul 16, 2017 at 8:20 am
        The picture is clear. We can say that Laluji and family members are the icons of corruption. There are some more families in our country who deserve this distinction. Why do they need to be tested in courts? It is the insult of judiciary." Sun rises in East" need no test. People's court should teach them a lesson. At 75 , with a PhD degree and international academic visibility, I have just 20 lakhs rupees in bank and a small house. How much a man needs/ Not thousands of crore. Happiness is not related with money you have. Nitishji-- you are a non corrupt politician. Take stern action against them . The country is waiting for the action. Please remember" A man is known by the company he keeps". We like you Nitishji. Get these people out for ever from your company. Professor Ashok Deshpande PhD
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          Pappan
          Jul 16, 2017 at 8:53 am
          Everyone knows who is icon of Saffron Terrorism and Mob Lynchings which is far more dangerous for country. The Maut Ka Saudagar is using CBI to destroy opposition and turned the country into dictatorship. Those who themselves are involved in Vyapam Scam which is ten times bigger than the scam they have invented to defame Lalu Ji are forgetting the cold blooded murders of 55 innocent carried out by RSS/BJP politicians in MP. BJP has on its head dozens of Scams like DDCA, Lalit Gate, Vijay Mallaya Scam, Chiki Scam, Dal Scam, Hydel Power Scam involving Kiran Rijiju Relative in Arunachal Pradesh. BJP must come clean before pointing fingers at Opposition.
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          S Kr
          Jul 15, 2017 at 11:41 pm
          Very good example of how CBI can be easily used to implicate any one in false case. A 14 yrs old boy can be named in FIR by CBI on order of Modi. And Bihar CM can not see this, proves he is part of this conspiracy. Shame Shame Shame !!!
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            S Kr
            Jul 15, 2017 at 11:38 pm
            Very good example of how CBI can be easily used to implicate any one in false case. A 14 yrs old boy can be named in FIR by CBI on order of Modi. And Bihar CM can not see this, proves he is part of this conspiracy. Shame Shame Shame !!!
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