Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Rebellion brewing against Lalu, 37 RJD MLAs eye JDU

Rebellion brewing against Lalu, 37 RJD MLAs eye JDU

RJD worsened on Saturday after Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav did not attend a "Vishwa Yuva Kaushal Divas" event as his name plate mentioned earlier on the invitation was later removed.

JD (U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar referred to the allegations by the opposition BJP that Lalu's family members had acquired benami properties at various places in the country.

Kumar, who was seated next to Labour Resources Minister and RJD leader Vijay Prakash, subsequently swapped his chair with JD (U) minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, who was on his right.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, a third albeit junior partner in Bihar's Grand Alliance, has reportedly spoken to both JD (U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu. Nitish Kumar must resign as he is not working according to the mandate that he got and pave way for elections.

The RJD chief further said that he and his family have already issued their clarification on the corruption charges that have been filed by the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI). This brought Singh between him and the RJD minister. "If our leader does not remain deputy chief minister, our party will have no ministers in the government". Rashtriya Janata Dal sources said Tejashwi, against whom the CBI registered a case of corruption last week, stayed home all day and met party leaders and supporters.

"An FIR is not sufficient reason for the resignation", he added. However, there is speculation that the JD (U) meeting could also discuss Tejashwi.

As part of seven resolves, the state government is committed to set up an engineering college, ITI, women's ITI, GNM Institute in every district, he said and expressed hope that his efforts will reduce the number of students going outside the state to pursue higher education. Lalu said his party legislators had unanimously resolved against Tejashwi tendering resignation. "I totally reject this", he said. "This is the game of the BJP through CBI, ED and I-T to break our gathbandhan but I will not let them succeed".

"There has been no conversation between Sonia Gandhi and me on this issue". If Tejashwi is told to go, there is a possibility of an RJD backlash, with all their ministers also offering to resign. "This will keep the alliance intact", the leader said.

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