A defiant Rashtriya Janata Dal rallied behind party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tejashwi Prasad saying he will not step down as Bihar’s deputy chief minister. “Tejashwi Yadav has been a good leader and will always remain one,” the party said.
With the JD(U) calling for a meeting of its legislators on Tuesday, party sources indicated that they will ask Tejashwi to resign as he facing corruption charges.
The CBI last week registered an FIR against Tejashwi, his mother Rabri Devi and Lalu Prasad for allegedly accepting a prime plot of land in Patna in in exchange for awarding a tender for the maintenance of two railway hotels to two Bihar businessmen when the RJD chief was railway minister in 2006.
After attending a party meeting chaired by Lalu Prasad, Bihar Finance Minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui said blamed the BJP for trying to allegedly destabilise the government.
“There has been an attempt to demolish us, but it will not happen. We will emerge like we have always in the past as well,” he said.
When asked about the cracks within the coalition government, he said: “There is a conspiracy to break the grand alliance, but the state government is very much in place and stable.”
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has so far remained silent on the CBI raids on Lalu Prasad. Kumar cancelled his plans to attend a public interaction programme, triggering speculation that he has been intentionally avoiding the media. “The Lok Samvad programme, which was scheduled for tomorrow, stands cancelled due to an indisposition of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,” said an official release on Sunday.