- Nitish Kumar, Lalu Yadav to hold separate party meetings
- Will discuss Lalu's son Tejashwi Yadav's future in Bihar government
- Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav named in a corruption case by CBI
Lalu Yadav, who has battled many corruption cases in his political career before he was convicted by the Supreme Court in one case, insists that a corruption case filed by the CBI naming his 28-year-old son and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi was politically motivated.
But Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has made it clear that settling for anything less than Deputy Chief Minister and Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav's exit from his cabinet could soil his government's unblemished record.
The Deputy Chief Minister was named in a corruption case by the CBI after raids on the Yadav family three weeks ago. Much of the political debate in the state through the last 10 days has revolved around the longevity of the alliance if the two sides do not budge.
Chief Minister Kumar is keen that his Deputy Chief Minister quits before he walks into the Bihar assembly that meets from Friday. He had initially scheduled the meeting with legislators for Thursday. But the JD (U) meeting was advanced by a day when the RJD let it be known that Lalu Yadav was meeting his legislators on Wednesday, before he heads to Ranchi for a court hearing into a fodder scam cases that he faces.
Mr Kumar hasn't said anything in public against Tejashwi Yadav in public but has been outspoken at his interaction with party leaders; at one point even reminiscing how he never faced such issues when he ran the government in alliance with the BJP.
When he was asked about his discomfort with Tejashwi Yadav's presence in his government, the Chief Minister joked with reporters in Delhi on Tuesday, "You please be comfortable" and then added, "there is no threat to the government."
In an interview to ndtv.com recently, Lalu Yadav said that though there is no reason for his son to quit, his priority will be to save the grand alliance.
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