Grand Alliance intact, allegations a conspiracy: Tejashwi Yadav

Bihar crisis Nitish Kumar Lalu Yadav to hold separate meeting today

Congress has so far stated its position in the matter that it is the decision of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on whether Tejashwi should be removed from the cabinet or not. Meanwhile senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should take step to sack Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav.

Earlier, the Income-Tax (IT) department seized benami properties of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti, son-in-law Shailesh Kumar and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must resign so that the fresh elections are conducted in the state. The party expects Tejashwi to give a clear-cut explanation (on charges of corruption). "But we will not allow that to happen", he stressed. RJD allegedly said that these cases are a conspiracy by BJP in order to break the great alliance and Nitish Yadav knew about it. The Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal is adamant that Tejashwi won't resign.

"When Nitish Kumar was in an alliance with the BJP there were no issues during this time". Many political pundits are of the opinion that Nitish Kumar is exploiting the case to settle scores with Lalu, since tension has been long simmering between the two leaders, with Lalu trying to upstage him and install his son Tejashwi as the CM. Since, Lalu's sons were newbie in politics, both Congress and Lalu had no better leader than Nitish Kumar to present before the voters of Bihar.

The RJD and the Congress have called a joint meeting of their MLAs on Sunday to discuss the July 17 presidential poll strategy, while the JD (U) has convened a separate meeting of its MLAs at the Chief Minister's official residence.

The chief minister has made it clear to the RJD that there is no alternative to either convincing the public about Tejashwi Yadav's innocence or him exiting the government.

Highlighting his good work and clean image as minister, he said, "From the first day I entered office I have been adhering to zero tolerance to corruption and have not done anything wrong in dispensing the responsibility".

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