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Tejaswi Prasad Yadav will not resign: Lalu Prasad

15 July 2017

The trouble in the grand alliance increased in the recent times after CBI raids and the eventual registration of an FIR against Lalu, his wife Rabri, and son Tejashwi, who is the deputy chief minister of Bihar, for allegedly influencing the awarding of an IRCTC tender in 2005.

JD (U) national general secretary K C Tyagi, however, said neither Nitish Kumar nor the party had issued any deadline to Tejashwi to resign. He also dismissed reports of a rift in the "mahagatbandhan", the JD (U), RJD, and Congress alliance that rules the state.

Incidentally, in August last year, The Sunday Guardian had done a story "RJD wants Lalu's son as CM, Nitish rattled", in which Bhagalpur RJD MP Shailesh Kumar alias Bulo Mandal had recommended that Tejashwi Yadav should be made the Chief Minister of Bihar by next year (2017).

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Congress leaders in Patna had earlier claimed that Mrs Gandhi had called Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar and urged them to find a middle path.

"Tejashwi will not resign".

As the Bihar government teetered on the brink, with ruling alliance partners Janata Dal (United) [JD-(U)] and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) locked in what looks like a battle to the finish, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has stepped in.

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The political crisis in Bihar deepened on Saturday with Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, facing CBI charges, skipping a government function attended by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who swapped his chair with a JD (U) minister after being seated next to an RJD leader. "It's a conspiracy by BJP chief Amit Shah and the Prime Minister to break the alliance in Bihar", deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav said in Patna on Wednesday.

Reacting sharply to it, JDU party is now asking Lalu Prasad Yadav to give up his stand as this may lead to destruction in future. There is increased pressure on chief minister Nitish Kumar to sack Tejashwi to protect an image of clean governance. "No matter what comes, RJD would not allow the grand alliance government to fall", he added. "Probity in public life is a must", he said. If Tejashwi is told to go, there is a possibility of an RJD backlash, with all their ministers also offering to resign.

Meanwhile, RJD leader Manoj Jha said that there is no question of him resigning.

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Tejaswi Prasad Yadav will not resign: Lalu Prasad