Bihar Grand Alliance rift: Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav skips Nitish Kumar function; top developments

Bihar Grand Alliance rift: Bihar seems to be heading towards a political crisis as alliance partners Janata Dal (United) and RJD have been sparring over the demand for the resignation of Tejashwi after the CBI registered a case against him on corruption charges.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2017 9:01 pm
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Fissures appeared to deepen within Bihar’s ruling Grand Alliance on Saturday as Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav skipped a function where he had to share dais with CM Nitish Kumar in Patna. Bihar seems to be heading towards a political crisis as alliance partners Janata Dal (United) and RJD have been sparring over the demand for the resignation of Tejashwi after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against him on corruption charges. While RJD chief and Tejashwi’s father Lalu Prasad Yadav ruled out his younger son’s resignation, JD(U) maintained that Lalu should come clean on the source of his and his family’s assets.

The case has been registered in connection with 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 Yadav was the Railway minister.

Here are the major developments that is simmering within the Bihar’s ruling Grand Alliance: 

* RJD leader and deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav skipped an official function with CM Nitish Kumar in Patna. The name plaque of Tejashwi was first covered with a piece of cloth before it was immediately removed from the stage. Tejashwi’s name was mentioned in the invitation for the function, which was held to mark the World Youth Skill Day. The episode highlighted the deteriorating ties between the two Grand Alliance partners, which was growing with every passing day.

* On Friday, Lalu Prasad had insisted that his son Tejashwi would not resign from his position and also dared anyone to break the grand alliance. “Tejashwi Yadav istifa nahi denge. FIR darj hone se koi istifa nahi deta hai (Tejashwi Yadav will not resign. No one resigns because of an FIR),” Lalu said after a meeting with RJD legislators. The RJD chief also asserted that there will not be any problem to the Grand Alliance from the RJD.

READ: Lalu Prasad Yadav says Tejashwi won’t resign, let anyone do what he wants

* Showing visible signs of escalating tension with the Grand Alliance, the JD(U) had taken an apparent dig at alliance partner RJD, saying that the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led party should not boast about having 80 MLAs and stressed that they would have won the 2015 assembly elections without incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s face.

* A day after JD(U) had asked Tejashwi to come clean on the matter, the deputy CM had virtually ruled out his resignation and described the FIR 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 said.

* Congress President Sonia Gandhi had also spoken to Nitish Kumar on Friday. They were expected to discuss the ongoing turmoil in the alliance at a time the JD(U) has given its support to the NDA’s Presidential candidate. Reflecting on the meeting, JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi had called the talks between Sonia and Nitish a “happy sign” but the party’s Bihar leaders went on the offensive to mount pressure on Lalu’s son, Tejashwi, to resign.

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  1. F
    Jul 16, 2017 at 4:32 am
    He did the right thing by not sitting with RSS puppet Nitish Kumar.
    1. C
      Jul 16, 2017 at 4:43 am
      Why are you afraid of RSS? Is it because you are jihadi and RSS is nationalistic? You divided India and RSS unites India? Is it because you christians rape children in churches and RSS identifies you as rapists?
      1. F
        Jul 16, 2017 at 5:18 am
        People like you call Mob Lynchers, mass murderers as nationalist. One of the so called nationalist killed even Mahatma Ga ndhi. These Nationalist never took part in Freedom struggle and were in bed with British Raj, working as their Jasoos to prevent Independence of India. RSS want many part of India and they are desperately trying to achieve their goal because their masters in Foreign Countries will reward them for that. You are right RSS is uniting India with Dalit Floggings, Lynchings, suppressing women, taking away people freedom and hundreds such Butchery.
        1. Roby Mani
          Jul 16, 2017 at 11:03 am
          And ladies cut off the c ks of Rss men
      2. J
        Jul 15, 2017 at 9:03 pm
        Lallu's push out " farm houses" from their rear ends. This is the main reason for owning many farm houses.