Will Tejashwi Yadav stay as Bihar deputy CM? Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) decides today
The meeting comes a day after the RJD’s 80 MLAs threw their weight behind Lalu Prasad and his son and deputy CM Tejashwi , who are facing charges in an alleged land-for-hotels scandalindia Updated: Jul 11, 2017 11:47 IST
The future of Bihar’s shaky ruling coalition might be decided on Tuesday at a crucial meeting of the Janata Dal (United), where top leaders are expected to decide whether to back scam-tainted deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav of alliance partner Rashtriya Janata Dal.
The meeting is chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar and attended by party legislators and leaders in Patna.
It comes a day after the RJD’s 80 MLAs threw their weight behind Tejashwi and his father, party chief Lalu Prasad, who are facing charges in an alleged land-for-hotels scandal that saw the Central Bureau of Investigation raiding their homes and other properties last week.
“The current political scenario will be discussed at the meeting. I think, by Tuesday evening the scenario will be clearer,” said a JD (U) leader familiar with the developments.
The meeting comes amid growing political pressure on Nitish Kumar, who is said to be uncomfortable with the rash of corruption charges against Lalu and his family. The graft allegations are seen as a blot on the chief minister’s promise of clean governance.
This week, Nitish has distanced himself from opposition activities, including a scheduled meeting to decide on a vice-presidential candidate, triggering speculation that Bihar’s ruling Grand Alliance was in tumult.
On Monday evening, JD (U) sources admitted the 18-month old alliance was passing through a turbulent phase. “The CM is definitely caught between his zero-tolerance against corruption policy, on the one hand, (and) fear of the alliance breaking midway,” said a senior party leader.
The BJP, which received a drubbing in the assembly elections two years ago, has announced that the party would back Nitish’s government from the outside if the alliance broke. The BJP is meeting on Tuesday evening.