‘Greenhorn’ Tejashwi placates ‘uncle Nitish’, says his stint as deputy CM unsullied

“I am new to politics and look up to you for guidance,” Yadav is said to have told Kumar and impressed upon him that there was no taint of corruption on him during his 18-month stint as number two in the cabinet.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2017 19:34 IST
Anirban Guha Roy
Anirban Guha Roy
Hindustan Times, Patna
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Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav met CM Nitish Kumar in Patna on Tuesday to ‘clear the air’ on CBI’s FIR against him. (HT file photo)

Deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, during his meeting with chief minister Nitish Kumar, on Tuesday, is said to have played on emotions, while submitting that the FIR filed against him did not have any concrete basis to sustain the charge of corruption levelled against him by the CBI.

The one-to-one meeting took place late Tuesday evening soon after the cabinet meeting had ended at 7pm.

The FIR was registered against Yadav by the CBI in a case of alleged corruption linked to the award of a tender for maintenance of two railway hotels in 2006 when his father and RJD chief Lalu Prasad was railway minister.

Apart from Yadav, Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and five others have been made accused in the FIR.

Sources in the ruling Grand Alliance said Yadav touched the feet of the chief minister and started the dialogue by addressing Kumar as his mentor and guardian.

“I am new to politics and look up to you for guidance,” Yadav is said to have told Kumar and impressed upon him that there was no taint of corruption on him during his 18-month stint as number two in the cabinet.

RJD leaders said the CM told Yadav that he should have met him long back, instead of waiting for the crisis to deepen and asked him to “concentrate on his work”.

The RJD version, however, could not be confirmed from anyone in the Kumar-led JD(U), with the chief minister not revealing details of the meeting to any party member.

However, JD (U) spokesperson Ajay Alok maintained that the party’s stand had not changed and it still insisted on Yadav making a public statement on the charges levelled by the CBI. He said, the JD (U) would never stand for corruption.

By contrast, former MP Shivanand Tiwary, who is now close to the RJD, hit back at the JD (U), asking (CM) Kumar to first give a clarification on whether he has any truck with the BJP, given his silence on the BJP’s growing attacks on secular forces.

“We thought that yesterday’s meeting would end the rift in the GA. But JD (U)’s stand is not acceptable,” he said.

However, other sources said the RJD managers were confident that Kumar would not insist on Yadav’s resignation and allow the issue to die a natural death.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 19:34 IST