Tejashwi won’t resign, alliance unbreakable: Lalu on spat with Nitish Kumar
JD(U) demanded deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav’s resignation if Lalu Prasad’s family could not come clean on the source of funds used for acquiring allegedly illegal properties.india Updated: Jul 15, 2017 00:11 IST
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said on Friday that his son Tejashwi Yadav will not resign as the deputy chief minister of Bihar over corruption charges.
“The Vidhan Mandal of our party has taken a decision that Tejashwi Yadav will not resign,” Lalu told ANI.
“An FIR is not sufficient reason for the resignation,” he added.
This assertion from the RJD chief ends speculation that Tejashwi Yadav might step down from the post to save the ruling Grand Alliance -- Janata Dal (United), Congress and RJD -- in Bihar.
Earlier on Friday, Bihar’s ruling ‘Grand Alliance’ turned more brittle on Friday as JD(U) demanded deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav’s resignation if his family could not come clean on the source of funds used for acquiring allegedly illegal properties.
The RJD chief further said that he and his family have already issued their clarification on the corruption charges that have been filed by the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI).
“Whatever accusations have been made against me and my family, we have already issued a clarification in the press conference. We will give our responses to the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate whenever they call us,” said Lalu.
The crisis was sparked by the CBI raids last week on Lalu’s residence and cases were filed against him, Tejashwi and others in an alleged land-for-hotels scandal.
RJD and JD(U) have since directed barbs at each other, increasing pressure on chief minister Nitish Kumar to sack Tejashwi to protect his image of clean governance.
Earlier last week, the CBI registered a corruption case against Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejaswi; former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) managing director PK Goyal; and the wife of Lalu’s aise Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006.
The CBI later questioned Rabri Devi and Tejashwi.
The case was registered on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a Private Company dealing with Hotels in 2006.
The investigative agency also conducted searches at 12 locations across Patna, Delhi, Gurugram and other places.
BJP conspiracy, alliance ‘unbreakable’
The RJD supremo has refuted the allegations against him and called it a political conspiracy hatched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
RJD will not let the BJP or the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) break the alliance, Lalu said.
“For us the priority is the presidential election. There are reports of rift in the alliance. Media reports are showing that Sonia ji has held talks with me and Nitish ji, all this is false. Our alliance is unbreakable. The RJD will not give the BJP and the RSS any space to entre Bihar. This all song and dance with the CBI reports and the ED reports is an attempt by the BJP to break our alliance in Bihar,” said Yadav.
Lalu, however, said that he would not know if Sonia Gandhi had spoken to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
“There is no difference with Nitish Kumar and there is no distance from him either,” he said, adding: “The RJD will not let anybody break our alliance.”