Speculations are he may take a tough stand on Tejashwi Yadav.
Deputy CM Tejashwi is facing corruption allegations.
Will Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ask his deputy Tejashwi Yadav to step down? Speculations are rife that CM Nitish may make a big announcement during the cabinet meeting scheduled to take place in the evening today.
Sources within the Janata Dal (United) say that Nitish has adopted a tough stance after Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi was named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a disproportionate assets case. Nitish’s message for alliance partner RJD is that there will be no compromise as far as the issue of corruption is concerned.
Political pundits point out that Nitish had deferred his decision on Tejashwi in wake of Presidential election. Now that the voting to pick the 14th President is over, the Bihar chief minister may walk the talk in corruption.
The JD(U) had given four-day ultimatum to the RJD to come out clean over the corruption allegations against Tejashwi. The deadline expired last Saturday.
The RJD, which is the single largest party in the 243-seat Bihar Assembly with 80 MLAs, has made it clear that Tejashwi won’t quit. Tejashwi and father Lalu both have pitted their defence accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to malign the image Bihar government.
Cracks in Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan is widening by the day despite the Congress, the third party of the grand alliance, trying its best to bridge the gap between Nitish and Lalu.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi even called both Nitish and Lalu urging them to discuss and resolve the issue.
‘TEJASHWI WILL FOLLOW FAMILY TRADITION’
Taking a dig at Tejashwi, Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan said Tejashwi will resign from his post only if he goes to jail, which has been a tradition in his family.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has dropped hints that is ready to support Nitish’s JD(U) if he decided to walk out of the Mahagathbandhan. JD(U) MLA Shyam Bahadur Singh has also suggested that Nitish Kumar break ties with the RJD and join hands with the BJP again.