Bihar alliance tussle: ‘Tejashwi should have met Nitish, explained’

“The CM does deserve an explanation from his deputy. There have been such precedents.” RJD sources told The Indian Express that Lalu had been once “convinced about option of Tejashwi quitting but he had to buckle under family pressure”

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: July 17, 2017 1:41 am
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The Janata Dal (United) on Sunday expressed displeasure that Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav had not shown the “basic courtesy” to meet his “boss” Nitish Kumar and present the facts in the assets case he is facing. Although the JD(U) reiterated that it had not set any deadline to decide the next course of action, there is speculation that Nitish would make some move after Presidential election on Monday.

There have been talks of two options for Nitish if Lalu Prasad did blink first. The Chief Minister may ask Tejashwi, Lalu’s son, to resign or dismiss him, or Nitish may himself offer to resign and take the moral high ground.

After a meeting of party leaders on Sunday, which was attended by Nitish, JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi told The Indian Express: “Though Nitish Kumar had never talked about the resignation of Tejashwi, he did talk about moral values in politics during our party meeting, stressing occasions when a person has to take a tough decision for moral values.”

“Tejashwi should have at least met Nitish Kumar, who is his boss, to present facts in his defence and tried to convince the CM. It is the RJD that has started saying Tejashwi will not resign. It is the RJD that has been making it a political issue,” he said. Asked what the Chief Minister would do in the face of a so-called defiance by Tejashwi and Lalu, Tyagi said: “I would repeat that CM has not set any deadline but he would take a call on it when he deems fit.”

Asked about Lalu Prasad’s remarks that Tejashwi would present is facts only before investigating agencies, Tyagi said: “The CM does deserve an explanation from his deputy. There have been such precedents.” RJD sources told The Indian Express that Lalu had been once “convinced about option of Tejashwi quitting but he had to buckle under family pressure”. The RJD chief later went back to his MLAs, who agreed with Lalu to continue playing the political vendetta card and play it to the hilt at the August 27 Patna rally.

The RJD has shown no sign of bending and the Congress, the third Grand Alliance constituent, has tried to do a balancing act. Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Kumar Choudhary has met Lalu and expressed solidarity with him. Another Congress leader and minister Awadhesh Singh said on Sunday: “People of the country are looking up to Nitish Kumar, who can emerge as a national leader.”

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    Satish
    Jul 18, 2017 at 7:06 am
    A son cannot be charge for something his father is blamed. Most BJP Politicians are corrupt to core and worse thing is they are biggest murderers and Communal Rioters in the country. They are orchestrating Mob Lynching to promote their political career with agenda of Majoritarian Votes vs Minority.
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      Manish
      Jul 18, 2017 at 7:02 am
      Tejaswi is waiting for resignation of Uma Bharti implicated in Babri demolition and Riots taking the lives of thousands and Corrupt BJP leaders like Shivraj Singh Chauhan for Vyapam Scam, Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje in Lalit Gate, Kiran Rijiju in Hydel power scam, CM of Jharkhand in Minign scam When they will set example and resign then for sure Tejaswi will follow them because they are facing much grave charges or cases.
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      1. Sankaran Krishnan
        Jul 17, 2017 at 6:59 pm
        If Lallu's Son is an learned man or an Literate these things can be expected from him whereas he proves time and again that he is the son of Lallu who is convicted by the court and Election Commission disqualified him for his Fodder Scams and the so called Congress and Communists are licking the asses of Lallu and his party which the people of India unable to understand and the query is what for ???
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          Dev Verma
          Jul 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm
          Why talk about lalu and family whole universe knows they are born chor but one thing is very important which exposes nitish kumar's hickery...a bloody wolfs in lambs clothing. Chor hei per nahin and that shows how he's still on lap of LALU'S
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            RR
            Jul 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm
            Lalu's son has started thinking himself bigger authority than the CM Nitish Kumar himself. This entire clan of Lalu has come out after generational breeding of some low level humans with termites, snake, dnky and buffalo.
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