Amidst the ongoing rift in the mega alliance of RJD-JD(U) in Bihar, chief minister, Nitish Kumar, has made it almost clear that he does not want his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav, to continue in office without clearing his name in the corruption case or clarifying the matter publicly.
Tejashwi’s name was first covered and later removed for the Vishwa Yuva Kaushal Diwas event in Patna. He had received an official invitation earlier.
The invitation card sent out to dignitaries for the event has the name of Tejashwi Yadav printed on it. The deputy CM did not attend it, while Nitish did.
Earlier, the JD(U) ramped up pressure on alliance partner, RJD over the corruption case involving Tejashwi Yadav, asking it to come clean and clarify the allegations against him.
Tejashwi, son of RJD chief, Lalu Prasad, has been named as an accused by the CBI in its probe into the land-for-hotels scam case.
While the tension in the coalition is growing on the issue, state Janata Dal (United) chief spokesman, Sanjay Singh, said that the RJD should provide facts and not “display arrogance” of having 80 MLAs in the 243-member Bihar Assembly.
“The RJD, which is showing arrogance of 80 MLAs, should not forget that it was reduced to 22 MLAs in the 2010 state polls and in the election in 2015, their number swelled due to the credible face of Nitish Kumar as the head of the coalition,” he told PTI.
The JD(U) has 71 MLAs and the other alliance partner, Congress has 27. BJP, which is the main opposition in the House, has 53 MLAs.