Manhandling of Media persons: The act of Tejaswi's bodyguards 'unfortunate' says JD(U)

Gwen Vasquez
July 15, 2017

On his return from Ranchi late Friday night after appearing in courts in connection with the fodder scam cases, Lalu had said that Tejashwi would not resign and claimed that the case against him was "politically motivated".

Patna-based Congress party leaders said Gandhi conveyed her concern over the strained relationship between the two parties and asked them to stand united to save the government in Bihar at any cost and keep the BJP out.

The current Bihar government is a coalition between the JD-U - whose leader Nitish Kumar is the current chief minister - and the RJD.

"When Nitish Kumar was in an alliance with the BJP there were no issues during this time".

Ignoring the obvious optic disaster that unfortunately did not go unnoticed by the media-men, the Chief Minister went on with his speech praising his own Labor Resource Department for helping his attain his goal of "Seven Resolves" a reality.

Bihar's deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday rejected corruption charges against him and termed it a conspiracy by the BJP to break the alliance in Bihar.

The crisis became more pronounced on Saturday when Lalu Prasad's younger son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav chose to skip an official function with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The RJD chief also clarified that he would not harm the Grand Alliance in Bihar and that he had no differences with CM Nitish Kumar in the wake of the recent developments.

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"He (Lalu Yadav) must declare his source of income and provide details about his property to prove his innocence", JD (U) spokesperson Niraj Kumar told this newspaper. The Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal is adamant that Tejashwi won't resign.

Lalu said he will clarify about raids to investing agency only.

He said the RJD was going by the decision of its legislature party, which met earlier this week and decided that Tejashwi Yadav would not resign.

The JD (U)'s local leaders responded by demanding that it is the RJD that "needs to stay within limits".

"An FIR is not sufficient reason for the resignation", he said.

A JD (U) leader said discussion in the party forum have touched various aspects on whether to remain in the alliance or part ways. This is not to say that RJD will pull out support.

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