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GA trouble over deputy CM Tejashwi exit pitch: posters slamming JD (U) men hit Patna

The posters claim the four JD(U) spokespersons – Ajay Alok, Sanjay Singh, Shyam Rajak and Neeraj Kumar -- were issuing statements at the behest of BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, to undermine the ruling alliance.

patna Updated: Jul 22, 2017 20:48 IST
Vijay Swaroop
Vijay Swaroop
Hindustan Times, Patna
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This uncredited poster was put up near the Income Tax roundabout in Patna, on Saturday. (Santosh/HT photo)

Uncredited posters lambasting JD (U) spokespersons for their ‘unwarranted comments’ on the situation arising from the CBI FIR on RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, hit the busy intersections of the state capital on Friday.

The posters came at a time when Bihar’s ruling grand alliance partners, the RJD and JD (U) remained locked in a stand off over the latter’s demand that Tejashwi should come clean on the CBI naming him as a beneficiary in the ‘land for railways hotels case’ and his silence on the same.

This case pertains to Lalu Prasad’s tenure as railways minister (2004-09), during which railways hotels were leased to private parties in lieu of gift of land in Patna as quid pro quo.

The question doing the round was who could have done it, for nobody had a clue.

The posters claim the four JD(U) spokespersons – Ajay Alok, Sanjay Singh, Shyam Rajak and Neeraj Kumar -- were issuing statements at the behest of BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who was the first to go public with the revelation that Tejashwi had turned up a beneficiary of the land.

But JD (U) spokesmen were quick to dismiss the claim made in posters as absurd.

“I put forth my views as a party spokesperson and nobody can stop me for doing so,” said JD(U)’s Sanjay Singh, adding, “Nobody can stop my freedom of expression by putting up posters”.

Another party spokesperson, Neeraj Kumar, whose name also figures on the poster, dared the person to come forward. “Why is he hiding? Everybody has the freedom of expression,” Kumar said.

A senior JD(U) leader, on conditions of anonymity, said the posters appeared to be the handiwork of forces within the RJD as “they are cornered on the issue of the JD (U) position of zero tolerance on corruption.”

But RJD state spokesperson Ashok Kumar Sinha was prompt to deny the charge. “We suspect the BJP’s mischief club is at it to create further rift within the GA,” he said.

“The poster makes it apparent that somebody is jittery over continuous attack on Tejashwi even after his meeting with the CM (in Patna, early this week),” said a GA leader.

A poster war among constituents of ruling grand alliance in Bihar is not new. Sometime back, the JD(U) faced flak from its coalition partners, the RJD and the Congress, after several posters were put in the state capital applauding Nitish Kumar’s decision to support former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind for the post of President.

The posters were put up by local JD(U) leader Chotu Singh and had pictures of state party president Bashishtha Narayan Singh, water resources minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh and RCP Singh, MP and a close aide of the Bihar CM.

The GA in Bihar, which is facing rough weather in the state, suffered another embarrassment on Saturday when Congress also joined the issue and sought its vice president Rahul Gandhi’s intervention on the issue of corruption rocking the alliance.

Congress’ Kadwa MLA Shakeel Ahmed wrote a letter in this regard to the Congress VP and demanded that he convene a meeting to clarify party’s stand.

First Published: Jul 22, 2017 20:48 IST