JD(U) wants RJD to take call on Tejashwi Yadav, Nitish Kumar invokes LK Advani

Earlier on Friday, the Central Bureau of Investigation had carried out raids in four cities in connection with a corruption case, in which RJD Chief Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi are among the accused.

Written by Santosh Singh , Ravish Tiwari | Patna | Updated: July 12, 2017 3:53 am
 Nitish Kumar, JD(U), Grand Alliance, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav resignation, tejashwi corruption case, bihar coalition government, india news, indian express The CBI last week registered an FIR against Tejashwi, his mother Rabri Devi and Lalu Prasad in connection with a corruption case.

SENDING A clear political signal to its ally RJD, the JD(U) said Tuesday that it remained committed to the ruling coalition in Bihar but added that its stand on “crime and corruption is well known” and it has “set an example by asking ministers facing cases to resign in the past”. The party was reacting to calls for RJD leader and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav to resign after the CBI named him in an FIR on charges of corruption and cheating. The RJD, however, responded by insisting that Tejashwi would not resign on the “basis of a case foisted by CBI out of political vendetta”.

During a meeting in Patna of its legislators and workers, sources said, the JD(U) did not explicitly demand the resignation of Tejashwi but party chief and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar invoked several examples to stress his commitment towards probity and accountability in governance.

Addressing the meeting, sources said, Nitish recounted his resignation from the A B Vajpayee government on moral grounds after the Gaisal train accident of 1999. He also recalled the resignations by BJP leader L K Advani and JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav during the Hawala scandal of the 1990s.

Nitish further cited the resignations of ministers during his previous tenures to stress on his “zero tolerance against corruption”, said sources, adding that his “fond invocation of Vajpayee and Advani did not come as a surprise” to many party cadre. Aware of their party chief’s position, sources said, leaders at the meeting insisted on maintaining the Chief Minister’s “clean image”.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Sanjay Jha, JD(U) national general secretary, who attended the meeting, said, “Brand Bihar has been created with great effort by Nitish Kumar and JD(U). We will not let that get diluted at any cost. Party legislators and workers were unanimous that Nitish Kumar’s clean image and developmental governance are the main assets of the party, and that we will not compromise on these whatever be the cost. We are ready to bear any consequence for our policy of zero tolerance against corruption.”

Sources said the party’s leadership has decided to give some time to its alliance partner to come clean over the charges using facts and not rhetoric. Former JD(U) minister Ramai Ram claimed that the party had given four days’ time for the RJD to take action on Tejashwi. Asked what the JD(U) would do if Tejashwi does not resign, sources said, “Then, our leader will take a call.”

Speaking to reporters after in Patna, JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said, “One who is facing a CBI case should present facts in his defence to the people and before the media. It is the RJD that has to take a decision on Tejashwi. As for us, everyone knows we have set an example by obtaining the resignation of our leaders, whether it was the matter of Jitan Ram Manjhi in 2005, and Ramanand Singh and three other ministers later.”

Asked why Nitish has not sought the resignation of Tejashwi yet, the spokesperson said that his party has always adhered to “coalition dharma” and expected its alliance partner to take the call on this issue.

“Nitish Kumar has been very clear on this and expects the RJD to decide on Tejashwi. Had it been a matter of our minister, we would have taken a decision by now,” said sources.

“We felt there was no need to show unnecessary aggression towards RJD, which needs breathing space to take a crucial decision. We expect Tejashwi’s resignation to be a matter of time. It should not be an ego issue. After all, Tejashwi’s departments can stay with any other RJD minister, such as Tej Pratap Yadav or Abdul Bari Siddiqui, or anyone Lalu Prasad (RJD chief) wants,” said sources.

The RJD, however, appeared defiant and resorted to rhetoric to reject calls for Tejashwi’s resignation. “RJD legislators have decided unanimously that Tejashwi would not resign. His performance as a minister has been extraordinary and we look up to him as our leader,” said RJD Minister Shivchandra Ram.

RJD national vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh sought to know on whose directions had the CBI filed the case against Tejashwi, and his parents Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi.

“Normally, a state government recommends this. But there was no such recommendation in this case. The tender for railway hotels (for which the CBI registered the FIR) was done in 2006 when Tejashwi was a minor,” said Singh.

The BJP, meanwhile, continued to highlight Nitish’s “zero tolerance against corruption”. “We expect the RJD to listen to Nitish. As for Congress lending support to RJD, it has always supported Lalu Prasad despite him being a convict in a corruption case,” said BJP legislature party leader and former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi.

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  1. Amit Sinha
    Jul 12, 2017 at 10:57 pm
    Looks like most of the comments are by Lalu supporters. They make no sense. Perhaps, they reveal their low IQs - and explain the backwardness of Bihar. Lalu is a convicted felon. His whole family is tainted. Yet, they can still fool the backward and lowly educated people in their caste and Moslems to vote for them. This was the formula used by Mulayam Singh Yadav in UP until people got smart and kicked them out of office. It is time for Biharis to do the same with the other ruling clan in Bihar and save their state.
    1. K
      Jul 12, 2017 at 4:49 pm
      Tejashwi Yadav tacitly admits his guilt by saying 'he did nothing wrong AFTER becoming the DyCM'
      1. V
        Jul 12, 2017 at 4:42 pm
        CBI chargesheet means nothing. They are a bunch of jokers just like many of Indian state ins utes.( And more so under Modi who has reduced Indian democracy to a tin pot democracy with all the BJP leaders as nothing more than skimply dressed cheerleaders ) and if enquiry reveals Tejaswi is clean will Nitish resign from public life ?
        1. R
          Jul 12, 2017 at 2:13 am
          BJP is no holy cow in demanding Tejaswi's resignation and should see its own hideous face in the mirror. It's a party full of criminals, many of them in central Ministry. Is Yeddyurappa honest whom they are projecting as the CM face for state elections. What about Ram Vilas Paswan, its alliance partner in the Union government. What do they have to say about Shivraj Singh Chauhan involvement in Vyapam scandal? Same for Jaitley in DDCA controversy. In fact, they suspended Kirti Azad from the party for raising voice against Jaitley. Both Modi and Amit Shah are criminals. So what if they couldn't be caught by the arms of law. They could smother evidence against them to escape its clutches. According to them, your corruption is corruption, mine is not. Yet, Nitish is right in giving breathing space to Lalu and wants RJD to come clean on Tejaswi. If Tejaswi is clean, he has nothing to fear. RJD shouldn't play into the hands of BJP by putting up a brave face causing break up of alliance.
          1. R
            Jul 12, 2017 at 2:26 am
            'seculars' aka casteist/communal/comunist traitors are wetting in their pants as all crimes/scams done in last 70 years will be investigated and most of them will rot in Tihar cells until their miserable end on this earth! Funny is a new entrants like kejriwal also will be with these crooks proving he is real master of corruption and beaten them in their own game! real Ache din for hard working citizen and bure din for corrupt criminals under 'secular' burqha! Now when real law of land is implemented look at the laments of corrupt crooks!
            1. P
              Jul 12, 2017 at 4:09 am
              Hard working Farmers committing Suicide. Economy destroyed with Demonetization. GDP falling. Mob Rule has replaced Democracy with no regards to cons ution. Wait the whole country rise against Fascist in power who are making mockery of country's Agencies like CBI and IT and Police being unleashed on opposition.
              1. Indian I
                Jul 12, 2017 at 5:00 am
                Paras: Do you have any brain? the way you people speak looks like farmer suicide, un employment all this problem are made by Modi govt. So things were fine till 2014? Do you think it is easy to clear the mess created by fake Gandhi family. You meant Ambani, adani have become rich in last 3 years. Did you forget that Ambani has built $1 Billion dollar home in 2012. where were you then?
                1. I
                  Jul 12, 2017 at 4:34 pm
                  INDIAN I : check ur records how much ambani adani have their wealth increased since last 3 years....BJP didn't waved the debts of the farmers but waved all the debts of ambanis adanis......the mess which is spread by ur BJP since 2014 will be very difficult to any other govt. to clear. india has gone back by 30 yrs things very not worst like today bfor 2014 get that in ur dumb head
              2. S
                Jul 12, 2017 at 1:59 am
                Tejashwi Yadav is rising star of politics so Nitish is in Panic mode so with the help of BJP hatched up entire conspiracy but people of Bihar will kick all of them out soon.
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