All eyes are now set on the outcomes of crucial Janata Dal (United) meeting held today as this meeting is taking place amidst growing tensions between Kumar-led JDU and ally Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Bihar has been in the grip of a political crisis over the demand for the resignation of Tejaswi after the CBI registered a case against him in a benami property case and also raided his premises last week. The four days deadline set by JD(U) for RJD to clear the air over corruption charges against Tejaswi is ending today. RJD ministers have threatened to resign if Tejaswi Yadav is asked to resign.
Today while talking to the media Sushil Kumar Modi has adviced Tejaswi Yadav to come out of the father’s shelter. He said, “I appeal to Tejaswi to come out of Lalu Prasad’s shelter the way Akhilesh Yadav did and came out of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s shadow in UP”. Tejaswi Yadav should show courage and resign from the post and make a declaration to income tax department that benami property papers were signed on the behest of his father, he added.
This ongoing rift between JDU and RJD will lead Nitish Kumar led government in trouble. Current political situation in Bihar is quite critical and important for RJD. RJD holds 80 seats while JDU 71 and Congress holds 27 seats. If Nitish Kumar leaves the government then JD(U) can still form the government with the help of BJP which has 53 MLA’s and reached to the goal of 122 seats require to form the government.
Utter confusion is prevailing in the political circles of Bihar. While the leaders from both the JD-U and RJD claim that the state’s ruling Grand Alliance is intact, the legislators and spokespersons of the two parties continue to attack each other publicly.
JD-U General Secretary Shayam Razak, considered close to the Chief Minister, on Saturday said his party’s stand was very clear that it would not compromise on corruption.
“JD-U will not go back on its own stand against corruption. Lalu Prasad has become old,” he said in a clear reference to the RJD chief declaring that his younger son Tejaswi Yadav would not resign and that the “Mahagathbandhan is intact”.