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Nitish Kumar gives RJD time to decide on Tejashwi Yadav

JD(U), which held its meeting in Patna on Tuesday, has asked RJD to explain or clarify the allegation of corruptions levelled against its leader Tejashwi.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jul 12, 2017, 01.29 AM IST
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RJD leaders made it clear that Tejashwi won’t resign and passed a resolution appreciating his work as the deputy chief minister at a party meeting.
RJD leaders made it clear that Tejashwi won’t resign and passed a resolution appreciating his work as the deputy chief minister at a party meeting.
NEW DELHI: Bihar chief minister and JD (U) national president Nitish Kumar has given time to his ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to reconsider its stand on the resignation of deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav.

Last week, CBI had registered an FIR against RJD chief and former CM Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and his son Tejashwi for allegedly accepting a plot in Patna in exchange of awarding a tender for the maintenance of two railways hotels during Lalu Prasda’s tenure as the railway minister.

JD (U), which held its meeting in Patna on Tuesday, has asked RJD to explain or clarify the allegation of corruptions levelled against its leader Tejashwi.

“Aaap par aarop laga hai. Aap binduwar jawab dein (Allegations is against you. You should give clarification pointwise,” JD (U) spokesperson and MLC Neeraj Kumar told ET over phone after the meeting. However, he did not mention a specified time, if any, given to his party’s ally RJD for explaining its position in this matter. He emphasised that JD (U) is completely following the coalition dharma.

A day earlier, RJD leaders made it clear that Tejashwi won’t resign and passed a resolution appreciating his work as the deputy chief minister at a party meeting.

Sources in JD (U) said Nitish Kumar is in favour of continuing the grand alliance comprising JD (U), RJD and Congress. Thus he wants a solution to this problem through negotiations with his alliance partner RJD.

“He is able to handle an ally like RJD chief Lalu Prasad easily in the present political situation. I think he is indirectly building pressure on RJD to reconsider its stand on Tejashwi’ resignation,” a source in JD (U) said.

At his meeting with party leaders, including MLAs, the chief minister gave maximum focus on future efforts to strengthen the organisational base of the party.

“He asked party worker to highlight JD (U)’s social reformation programme at the groundlevel,” the source further said.

Sources said although Kumar did not take the name of either RJD or Tejashwi in his speech, he reminded them about his zero tolerance policy in corruption. “He made it clear that he is always in favour of alliance,” the source said.

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