Bihar rift widens, Tejashwi skips event attended by Nitish

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

Without naming Nitish Kumar, who is also JD (U) president, he said that the able leadership manage to get out of the crisis that erupted after the CBI filed a corruption case against deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav - the younger son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad - and solve it.

Fearing that any action against Tejashwi would affect the Presidential poll, both RJD and Congress want to hold the matter till the polling is over. Bihar is run by three parties: Tejashwi Yadav's father, Lalu Yadav, brings the most lawmakers to the table; next is Nitish Kumar's party, the Janata Dal United or JDU; the Congress is the smallest player, but its chief, Sonia Gandhi, has been asked to mediate the current standoff, now almost 10 days old. "The BJP will be on the side of CM Nitish, as he has supported the BJP (read the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre of PM Narendra Modi) on several issues".

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On July 7, Lalu Yadav's Patna home and other properties were raided by the CBI which says that he abused his earlier term as union Railways Minister to acquire valuable rea estate at throwaway prices for his children including Tejashwi Yadav. He also said that an important part of the Mahagatbandhan JD (U) will be voting for the BJP presidential candidate tomorrow but people of Bihar are politically aware and can not be fooled easily. Party senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the JD (U) should resolve its differences with the RJD of Lalu Prasad on the issue of Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav. "Party's parliamentary board will decide the issue depending on the political situation", the BJP leader said.

Sources also claimed that Nitish Kumar, who is under tremendous pressure to sack Tejashwi Yadav, is ready to seek fresh mandate and sacrifice his government if RJD remains tight-lipped on the fate of Bihar deputy CM.

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