1Nameplate of Tejashwi removed from event attended by Nitish Kumar.
Tejashwi Yadav was among the invitees for the event.
The JD-U has asked Tejashwi to come clear in corruption case.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has made it almost clear. He does not want his deputy Tejashwi Yadav to continue in office without clearing his name in the corruption case or clarifying the matter publicly.
In a surprising development at the Vishwa Yuva Kaushal Diwas event in Patna, for which Tejashwi Yadav had got official invitation, the name of the Bihar Deputy Chief Minister was first covered and later removed.
The invitation card sent out to dignitaries for the event has the name of Tejashwi Yadav printed on it. Tejashwi Yadav did not come for the event while Nitish Kumar attended it.
The event was attended by Congress state president and Bihar Education Minister Ashok Chowdhary, Industry Minister Jai Kumar Singh, Planning and Development Minister Maheshwar Hazari, Water Resources Minister Lallan Singh (all JD-U) and Labour Resources Minister Vijay Prakash.
The function was organized by the Labour Resources Department to promote skill development programme in Bihar.
RJD, JD-U DRIFTING APART
Earlier, the JD-U ramped up pressure on alliance partner RJD over the corruption case involving Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, asking it to come clean on the allegations against him.
Tejashwi, son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, has been named by the CBI as an accused in its probe into the land-for-hotels scam case.
While the rift is growing in the coalition on the issue, state Janata Dal -United chief spokesman Sanjay Singh said the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) should provide facts and not “display arrogance” of having 80 MLAs in the 243-member Bihar Assembly.
“The RJD, which is showing arrogance of 80 MLAs, should not forget that it was reduced to 22 MLAs in the 2010 state polls and in the election in 2015, their number swelled due to the credible face of Nitish Kumar as the head of the coalition,” he told PTI.
The JD(U) has 71 MLAs and the other alliance partner Congress 27 while the BJP, which is the main opposition in the House, has 53 MLAs. The Assembly has representation from the CPI(ML), the HAM (Secular), the LJP and the RLSP among others.
(With inputs from Rohit Singh in Patna)