Bihar alliance tussle: 'Tejashwi should have met Nitish, explained'

Bihar alliance tussle: 'Tejashwi should have met Nitish, explained'

Speaking exclusively to ANI, Lalu had earlier stated that the grand alliance in Bihar is an unbreakable bond, adding that the RJD will not let the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) break the alliance between the JD (U), Congress and the RJD. This was apparently because he is a member of the state legislative council and, as such, ineligible to vote.

The Janata Dal (United) on Sunday expressed displeasure that Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav had not shown the "basic courtesy" to meet his "boss" Nitish Kumar and present the facts in the assets case he is facing.

They said a formula which is likely to be worked out between the two parties is that Lalu Yadav will ask all RJD ministers to resign and give outside support to the JD (U) and the Congress to save the alliance. Meanwhile, RJD sources said attempts were being made by senior party leaders as well as Congress to persuade Lalu for Tejashwi's resignation, but he was against it on the ground that a mere FIR could not be a reason for resignation.

"The USP of Nitish Kumar is his clean image and we believe he will take a final decision on the issue soon", senior JD (U) leader Shyam Rajak said here on Sunday.

RJD president Lalu Prasad has also ruled out the resignation of his son Tejashwi.

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"Over a dozen legislators have cast their votes", an official said.

They rushed to the opposition leader's chamber to greet the BJP leaders, before standing in the queue to vote.

Leaders of both the alliance partners are of the view that Nitish and Lalu should sit, talk and resolve issues rather than allowing the Opposition an easy opportunity to take advantage of their differences.

BJP legislator from Darbhanga, Sanjay Saraogi, was the first to stand in the queue at 8.50 am.

Kumar had said at a meeting last week that he wanted a public clarification by top RJD leaders over the allegations and also indicated that he expected Tejashwi Yadav to resign from his Cabinet post. There were around 100 legislators jostling with one another in queue when the booth was opened for voting. RJD leader Raj Ballabh Yadav, lodged in Biharsharif jail, also turned up to vote with special permission from the court.