Reply publicly on corruption charges: Nitish to Tejashwi

Faith Castro
July 15, 2017

Modi also said his party was not hatching any conspiracy to destabilise the Bihar government.

The calls were made, the reports said, to save the "mahagatbandhan" - the JD (U), RJD, and Congress alliance that rules the state. BJP leaders have been crying hoarse that Tejashwi should step down and at the same time indicated that they are open to offering outside support to Nitish to save his government if RJD pulls the plug.

However, Tejashwi attending the cabinet meeting along with his older brother and cabinet member Tej Pratap Yadav seems to be a signal that he is not resigning from his post anytime soon.

On July 7, the CBI registered a corruption case against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi Yadav and others over allegations of awarding tenders for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006 in return for land.

Sources said the chief minister is likely to discuss the issue with Lalu Yadav.

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Confirming the development, Congress spokesperson Harendra Kumar Verma said, "Soniaji dialled Lalu and Nitish as she was anxious about their strained relationship and wanted them to be united". "RJD is intact, there is no if and but in the party over Tejashwi. The matter will end there", said JD (U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar here on Friday.

"The RJD will continue to support the Nitish Kumar government from outside so as not to provide any opportunity to the BJP to extend support to him to run the government", they said. There are 12 ministers from RJD in the Nitish cabinet, including deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and his brother Tej Pratap.

His colleague Sunil Singh echoed similar views and made it clear that the party would in no circumstance compromise with the "clean image" of Nitish, pointing out that the CM is known for his "politics of principles and zero tolerance to corruption".

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had conducted raids on the Yadav family last week over charges that Lalu had acquired three acres of land in Patna at a cheaper rate when he was the country's railway minister in 2004. All you have to do is to explain your source of income and say how you amassed so much of huge property.

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