Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Bihar row: Why RJD might have to toe Nitish's line

Bihar row: Why RJD might have to toe Nitish's line

The RJD and the Congress have called a joint meeting of their MLAs on Sunday to discuss the July 17 presidential poll strategy, while the JD (U) has convened a separate meeting of its MLAs at the Chief Minister's official residence.

Fissures appeared to deepen within Bihar's ruling Grand Alliance on Saturday as Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav skipped a function where he had to share dais with CM Nitish Kumar in Patna.

His remarks on Twitter came even as alliance partner JD (U) raised the pressure on RJD seeking the resignation of Tejashwi, after the CBI registered a case against him and interrogated him during raids last week. RJD made it clear that it was in no mood to appease Nitish immediately.JD (U) sources said they expected Tejashwi to reply to the charges in CBI's FIR against him by next week.

"When Nitish Kumar was in an alliance with the BJP there were no issues during this time".

Later, Industries minister and JD (U) leader Jai Kumar Singh said that the CM changed his seat in order to have a better view of the screen (TV monitor) fitted in front of him. Available on Android and IOS.

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The JD-U leader was in the city to attend the Indian Chamber of Commerce's 89th Annual General Meeting. They want to stick with the grand alliance by backing the beleaguered RJD chief.

Speaking to ANI, RJD leader Manoj Jha said, "You should see the matter in totality; we wanted a message to be conveyed as to why he should resign and also all the party members do not want this to happen". Senior leaders in the party maintain that if he alone resigns, it will send a wrong signal, nearly of accepting the crime and bending to the JD (U)'s whims.

The RJD has claimed that the CBI action against Tejashwi is a political conspiracy to destabilize Bihar's ruling Grand Alliance and "Nitish Kumar knew about it". The two leaders had taken different positions on the Modi government's demonetisation move as well. Since the current government in Bihar has Lalu in coalition with other parties, he may not have as much flexibility in responding to corruption charges on his son Tejashwi.

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