Lalu on Tejashwi Yadav's resignation; says will not resign

Lalu on Tejashwi Yadav's resignation; says will not resign

Despite opposition's demand, the RJD as well as Lalu Prasad have ruled out the possibility of Tejashwi's resignation.

This was the first public event where Nitish and Tejashwi had to share the dais since the CBI raids on Lalu family on July 7 in connection with a land-for-railways hotels case. But Tej Pratap has been, despite a berth in Nitish Kumar's Cabinet, only a second fiddle to both Tejashwi and Misa, whom Lalu is said to have groomed as his political heirs.

Nitish Kumar has called a meeting of party MLAs at his official residence in Patna today. What transpired between them was not known. "We have made our position clear. He needs to change his mentality and speak like a seasoned statesman than someone who is a political neophyte", Rajak, once a trusted man of Yadav, said. He reiterated that he will not resign. Meanwhile, in New Delhi, JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi amid the crisis in Patna.

As asked by JD (U), deputy chief minister Tejashwi resigns and Lalu nominates someone else from the party as deputy CM. "He will never compromise on it", JD (U) spokesperson K C Tyagi had said.

JD (U) has 71 members, nine short of alliance partner RJD, who have 80 seats in a 243-member Bihar assembly.

The standoff escalated further when Rashtriya Janta Dal denied any chances of resignation by Tejashwi Yadav. People close to the Bihar chief minister said his main problem is saving his clean image. RJD's ally Janata Dal (United) is apparently anxious about the possible damage to its leader and chief minister Nitish Kumar's image as a "clean leader" in view of the developments.

Instead of isolating him, RJD is pondering whether all of their ministers should pull out of the Nitish government. "He will do whatever it takes to keep the present government alive". Nitish has yet to say anything directly to media on the issue. However, Lalu, on Friday night, reiterated that his son was not going to step down over an FIR lodged against him, adding that there was no threat to the Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar.

The case was registered on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a Private Company dealing with Hotels in the year 2006.

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