At JD(U) meet, 27 of 29 leaders said Lalu graft charges affected CM image

The sources said the 27 leaders appeared to suggest that the party should not hesitate to go to any extent to protect Nitish’s image.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 14, 2017 5:56 am
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As many as 27 out of 29 speakers at a meeting of JD(U) legislators and party functionaries in Patna on Tuesday argued that the image of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his party had taken a beating because of corruption allegations against the family of Lalu Prasad, sources present at the meeting confirmed on Thursday.

The sources said the 27 leaders appeared to suggest that the party should not hesitate to go to any extent to protect Nitish’s image. Only two of the speakers — Bijender Yadav and Uday Narayan Choudhary — cautioned against any move that would amount to playing into the hands of the BJP, said a source who attended the meeting. “This shows an overwhelming willingness on the part of party members to snap ties with the RJD if Tejashwi does not exit from government…. This sentiment must be understood by the RJD,” said a source.

This assumes significance in wake of Nitish’s recent address to party workers, during which he referred to resignations — his own and others’ — as a tool to uphold probity and accountability in public life. Though he did not mention Tejashwi or the RJD, his repeated references to resignations made it clear to party members that he favoured resignation as the first step to uphold the principle of probity in public life.

“There is no deadline. But, there is an expectation that Tejashwi should have to go,” said a JD(U) leader.

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    Jul 14, 2017 at 10:09 am
    Nitish Kumar must be careful about his own MLA or MPs, it looks like 50 of JDU's MLA or MP may have decided to join BJP. Because BJP has huge money and power to buy anything, how they purchased 70 IT, FB, Whats app and electronics medias and they also made small small videos and publishing via FB, whats app, mail.
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