Grand Alliance rift widens: JD(U) says RJD would not have won Bihar election sans Nitish’s face

Grand Alliance rift widens: The latest development comes a day after the RJD stiffened its stance despite growing calls for Tejashwi to resign after the Central Bureau of Investigation named him in an FIR on charges of corruption and cheating.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2017 11:09 am
Bihar Grand alliance rift, tejashwi resignation row, nitish kumar, lalu prasad yadav, corruption charges Grand Alliance rift widens: Deputy Bihar CM Tejashwi Yadav with CM Nitish Kumar (Right)

In visible signs of escalating tension within the Grand Alliance in Bihar, the Janata Dal (United) on Friday took an apparent dig at alliance partner RJD, saying that the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led party should not boast about having 80 MLAs and pointing out that they would have won the 2015 assembly elections without incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s face.

The latest development comes a day after the RJD stiffened its stance despite growing calls for Tejashwi to resign after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named him in an FIR on charges of corruption and cheating. RJD MLA Virendra Kumar had insisted they would listen only to party chief Lalu Prasad. “We have 80 MLAs and our leader is Lalu Prasad. What the JD(U) says or wants to convey does not matter to us. We have decided not to entertain any demand of Tejashwiji’s resignation. He has been a victim of BJP’s conspiracy.”

Earlier in the day, RJD leader Manoj Jha ruled out the possibility of Tejashwi resigning from his position. “There is no question of him resigning, party is not even discussing it,” Jha was quoted as saying by ANI.

JD(U) is also likely to take a call on the matter after the party’s forthcoming national executive meeting in Delhi. During his trip to Delhi, Nitish Kumar is likely to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi. It is learnt that the JD(U) expects the Congress to convince the RJD to soften its stance. Speaking to the The Indian Express, JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi had said, “We are preparing for the party’s national executive meeting in Delhi on July 22-23. While our agenda is already decided, current political issues would also be taken up. Nitish Kumar might also meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi. We expect the Congress to intervene in the Bihar matter as it is our ally too.”

READ: Tejashwi resignation row: Expect Congress to intervene, says JD(U)

Tyagi had also stated that the Grand Alliance had been placed under Nitish Kumar’s “leadership and image”. “There has to be a serious attempt by all stakeholders in the Grand Alliance to find a way out of the impasse. There is no question of Nitishji compromising with his moral authority,” said Tyagi. As of now, the Congress has backed the RJD against the CBI and ED raids. Earlier in the day, Tyagi had dismissed reports of a possible split in the alliance.

On Tuesday, JD(U) had asked Tejashwi to come clean on the matter. A day after, the Bihar deputy CM virtually ruled out his resignation and described the FIR registered against him under various anti-graft provisions as “political vendetta.” “The FIR (in land-for-hotels case) is part of a political vendetta. BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are conspiring against me and family members out of political reasons,” Tejashwi had told reporters after coming out of a cabinet meeting.

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Last week, the CBI had registered a case against the former Railways minister, Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and his son Tejashwi Yadav on corruption charges during his tenure as Union minister in 2006. The investigative agency had carried out raids at 12 locations, including the premises of the RJD chief, in Delhi, Patna, Ranchi, Puri and Gurgaon.

The case is related to alleged discrepancies in tenders allotted to a private company Sujata Hotels for development, maintenance and operation of two IRCTC hotels at Ranchi and Puri when Lalu Prasad was Railway minister.

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  1. A
    Jul 15, 2017 at 6:05 am
    IE will not bring this news as this shows Muslims are jihadi. 17-yr-old Sikh girl kidnapped, forcibly married to Muslim in Pak. AMRITSAR: A minor Sikh girl was kidnapped and married forcefully to a Muslim in Buner district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Ppaakistan and forced to convert to Islam. Priya Kaur (17), a resident of Ghorghast village, was reportedly abducted and forcibly married to one Wajid Ali from the majority Muslim community in the region.
    1. P
      Jul 15, 2017 at 5:57 am
      Nitish Siding with Gujarat Riot Mass Murderers, Mob Lynchers, Dalit Floggers, Fake Degree holders, Vyapam Scammers, Birla/Sahara Money Launderer may completely destroy his image.
      1. K
        Jul 15, 2017 at 5:43 am
        JD(U) which was wiped out in Lok Sabha Elections in 2014 so Nitish resigned and gave CM position to Jitan Ram Manjhi, who conspired with BJP to destroy Nitish but Lalu saved Nitish by foiling BJP conspiracy. It was RJD winning more seats than JD(U) and people voted JD(U) because of being part of Mahagatbadan. Nitish Kumar has been working as BJP agent to break apart the G Alliance for the benefit of BJP. He is another Anna Hazare the RSS agent who brought BJP to power with his fake Upvas and Dharnas since then who happily enjoying life and will only come back to Dharnas if UPA comes to power again.
        1. A
          Jul 15, 2017 at 4:43 am
          This is part of love jihad where Muslim men are using their legal rights only have multiple wives and kidnapping and marrying minor Hindu girls. Their local mosque through their mullah is paying them for every kidnapping and the money comes from Saudi Arabia and Ppaakistan......3 Muslim jihadi arrested after 13-year-old is forcibly married by one jihadi as part of love jihad. Last month, the Delhi High Court had ordered police to track down the girl after her father had approached it. Three muslim jihadi have been arrested for kidnapping and marrying off a 13-year-old minor girl, who is now three-weeks pregnant. The Muslim man who kidnapped and married her surrendered at Saket court, along with the girl. She was kidnapped from southeast Delhi’s New Friends Colony by Idrish alias Iddu Khan of Hathras made up nikahnama showing married the minor girl as part of love jihad. The mullah was also arraested for faciliting the kidnappi
          1. S
            Jul 15, 2017 at 5:46 am
            pIAD bHAKT troll spreading same Propaganda lies over and over again while flogging Dalits. Mobe LayNcher aLERT.
            1. A
              Jul 15, 2017 at 6:04 am
              Alert: Paid Rapist Brown Christians spreading same propoganda and lies over and over again while slaving the browns and blacks in the name of baaaaastard Jesus.
          2. L
            L. B. Devi
            Jul 14, 2017 at 11:44 pm
            The split in alliance is for noble cause to fight corruption. If JD (U) join hand with BJP again, it will improve image of party. It is puinyakarma if raksasLallu and his family is exterminated from politics.
            1. S
              Jul 15, 2017 at 5:47 am
              Mob Lynching and Dalit Flogging Saffronized Image.
            2. N
              Nitin Deolekar
              Jul 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm
              ढोंगी सेक्युलर गांधी-नेहरू-आंबेडकरच्या गम्भीर घोड-चुकामुळे साऱ्या भारताचा काश्मीर होईल?? योगा-सारखी इथली प्राचीन संस्कृती नष्ट होईल?? पाक-मध्ये २७ हिंदू होते आता जेमतेम ५ उरले? बांगलादेश-मध्ये तेच घडले. ३० हिंदू होते आता १० उरले? मुस्लिम बांधवांना भारतात खुशाल राहू द्या पण निदान काही बंधने टाका-च? काहीही करून समान नागरी कायदा करा-च. बुद्ध आंबेडकर यांचा हिंदू कायदा उलट करा: पुढील ७० वर्षे मुस्लिमाना १-पत्नी कायदा करा आणि हिंदूंना २-शादी तलाक? मुस्लिमाना चीन कायदा लावा १-कुटुंब-२-मुले! त्यांची चीन सारखी प्रगती होईल! आयसिस अतिरेकी आपोआप कमी होतील! बदल्यात मुस्लिम भगिनींना BC कोट्यात आरक्षण द्या! पुढारी आंबयेडकर जातीला आता आरक्षणाची माती खाण्याची काय गरज? फार तर त्याना OBC त ढकला? मुस्लिमाना हिंदूबरोबर सरकारी शाळेत शिकवा! मदरसे-वेद-पाठशाळा बंद करा? मुलींना सानिया मिर्झाकडून शाळेत टेनिस शिकवा! साऱ्या जगात मुस्लिम तालिबानी आयसिस विरुद्ध ३रे महायुद्ध गेली १५वर्षे सुरु आहे?त्याला भारतात वेळीच रोखा?मंदिर-मशिदीवर जबर कर बसवा. आमचा इनकम-टक्स कमी करा, १०वर्षे आयटीत नोकरी करून, घर नाय?
              1. S
                Jul 15, 2017 at 5:48 am
                Paid Troll repeating same RSS/Bajrang Dal Propaganda.
              2. R
                Jul 14, 2017 at 9:55 pm
                if Nitesh is truly honest, then how can he distinguish between corruption/loot between Lallu-Rabri-Mesa-Tejeswi vs Sonia-raul-vadra-prinka? both are extremely corrupt families with anti-national traits. Even others in the opposition who will be present on that Lallu organised rally in Patna, like Momota,Maya, Karunanidhim,Pawar are also extremely corrupt, their secularism is just a cover to loot. how can Nitesh be part of this drama? he should read writings on the wall and return to NDA for the sake of India's growth and national interests. otherwise as he himself admitted, in Bihar too UP type results will repeat making him as irrelevant as other opposition corrupt netas.
                1. V
                  Jul 15, 2017 at 5:50 am
                  Mass Murderers, Communal Saffronize Terrorists, Mob Lynchers, Dalit Floggers far more dangerous than corrupt.
                2. I
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 8:56 pm
                  Children of LOOT PUNISHED LALOO can be no better. ................ If JDU is truly the upholder of honesty, should throw out RJD and be ready to face another election.
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