Rift widens between JD(U) and RJD in Bihar

Written by July 14, 2017 17:28

Patna: Amid growing rift within the members of the coalition government in Bihar, the JD(U) today mounted pressure on the RJD, asking it to come clean on allegations against party minister Tejashwi Yadav with facts and not to “display arrogance” of having 80 MLAs.

Yadav, the son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, is the deputy chief minister of Bihar and has been named by the CBI as an accued in its probe into land-for-hotels scandal.

In the 243-seat Bihar Assembly, the RJD has 80 seats, the JD(U) 71 and the Congress 27. The BJP has 53 MLAs.

JD(U) spokesman Neeraj Kumar, in an apparent referrence to Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi Yadav, said those against whom accusations have been levelled should explain the source of their property “to silence the opposition”.

His colleague Sunil Singh echoed similar views and made it clear that the party would in no case compromise with the “clean image” of Nitish Kumar, saying the JD)U) president and Bihar chief minister is known for his “politics of principles and zero tolerance to corruption”.

Meanwhile, a section of media reported that Tejashwi Yadav has made up his mind to tender resignation and the decision to this effect could be announced after the return of RJD president Lalu Prasad tomorrow from Ranchi where he has gone for appearance in a fodder scam related case.

However, the deputy chief minister in a tweet ridiculed these reports.

“Some media in the name of ‘utpati (destructive) sources’ is running one-point programme of BJP…I feel like laughing at it loudly,” he said.

Sources in the Congress here said party president Sonia Gandhi has been playing a peacemaker between the warring Grand Alliance partners by talking to both Nitish Kumar as well Lalu Prasad to find out a mutually acceptable solution to keep the coalition intact.