Tejashwi Could Be Sacked, Worried Lalu Yadav Confides To Party: Sources

Sources said that at a RJD meeting, Lalu Yadav told his legislators that he is worried that Tejashwi Yadav could be sacked by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. In compliance with court orders in a corruption case, Lalu Yadav will spend the next three days attending hearings in Ranchi, and he urged his law-makers to avoid travel and remain in Patna till he returns.

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Lalu Yadav's party repeated that Nitish Kumar's deputy Tejashwi Yadav will remain in office.

Patna: 

Highlights

  1. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wants Tejashwi Yadav to quit as Deputy
  2. Won't happen, says Tejashwi's father, Lalu, denies rift with Nitish Kumar
  3. Nitish Kumar is no saint, says Team Lalu, raising the pitch
Lalu Yadav today said that the government in Bihar - of which his party is a senior member - is not in danger of imploding. At a press conference held with wife, politician Rabri Devi, seated next to him, the 69-year-old said that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has not sought the resignation of his son, Tejashwi Yadav, as the No 2 in the government. "I spoke to Nitish yesterday," claimed Lalu Yadav. "Why would I destabilise him? I made him Chief Minister." It was a pointed reminder that Lalu Yadav's party has the most seats in the legislature. 

"Nobody has asked me to resign" said Tejashwi Yadav on whom the future of the Bihar government hinges and who is caught in a corruption scandal. But sources said that at a party meeting, Lalu Yadav told his legislators that he is worried that Tejashwi Yadav could be sacked by Nitish Kumar. In compliance with court orders in another corruption case, Lalu Yadav will spend the next three days attending hearings in Ranchi, and he urged his law-makers to avoid travel and remain in Patna till he returns. "Move in large groups so we give the impression we're united," he said of the Bihar assembly session that begins on Friday.

On July 7, Lalu and Tejashwi Yadav were named in a corruption case by the CBI which searched their Patna home. The Yadavs have attributed the case to a get-even attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who they allege is "scared" of their concerted opposition to him. Nitish Kumar indicated the defense did not wash with him, stressed that his "zero-tolerance to corruption" policy is unwavering, and amply hinted that his 28-year-old deputy should resign.

Today, Lalu Yadav's party met and repeated that not only will Tejashwi Yadav remain in office, but that the Chief Minister's suggestion of a public and detailed defense has not been accepted.
 
lalu yadav and family at rjd meeting pti

"There's no question of Tejashwi resigning," Lalu Yadav said after a meeting with RJD lawmakers today

Nitish Kumar is meeting with his party separately. Statements from both sides today have indicated a flash point.

"I have known Nitish for 40 years, he is no saint," said Shivanand Tiwari, a senior member of Lalu Yadav's party. "We can't compromise on Nitish's clean image," said KC Tyagi, a senior leader from the Chief Minister's party. 

The Congress' top bosses, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, have attempted mediation with both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav.

If the alliance in Bihar ends, it will puncture the hype that the opposition is trying to build around an 18-party front that hopes to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning a second term in 2019. The league has been fashioned on the Bihar alliance which saw former rivals Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav quitting their differences in 2015 and co-signing with the Congress to ensure that their collective support groups - a range of castes - became the wall that PM Modi ran into as he led the BJP's campaign in Bihar.

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