Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejaswi says FIR against him is 'political vendetta'

Chirag Paswan

The political situation in Bihar has taken a new turn after the CBI registered a case against Lalu Prasad's younger son and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav in a corruption case. "There is no question of his resignation", Lalu Prasad told the media here after holding a almost three-hour-long meeting with senior party leaders and legislators at his official residence.

"The present crisis has been engineered to break the Grand Alliance in Bihar", Lalu said, adding, "The RJD won't allow that to happen".

The Grand Alliance comprises the JD-U, RJD and the Congress. JD-U Spokesperson Neeraj Kumar told the media that his party wanted that those facing allegations of corruption should come out with facts in the public domain. BJP leaders have been crying hoarse that Tejashwi should step down and at the same time indicated that they are open to offering outside support to Nitish to save his government if RJD pulls the plug. "RJD has no other way as BJP has conspired to target our leader Tejashwi Yadav". Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has advocated a similar alliance in Uttar Pradesh between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samajwadi Party, has made it amply clear to his loyalists that they can't afford a fracture in the alliance.

Nitish Kumar, the JD (U) president, also received a phone call from Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi last evening, Tyagi told PTI.

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RJD leaders said in case Tejashwi Yadav is forced to resign by Nitish Kumar the party's ministers will only resign en masse, but it will not withdraw from the Mahagatbandhan government. Nitish Kumar's party retaliated by asking the RJD to pipe down. "We have to stand with him", the leaders said.

He said that the First Information Report (FIR) filed against him in a corruption case is a "political vendetta".

"Nitish Kumar's assets are known to the world but on the other hand, what have you?" he asked Lalu, hinting at the illegality of his acquisitions.

Should that seemingly be compromised, Kumar would not backtrack and would take a decision in keeping with his assiduously created image of an honest, untainted politician - his only asset, JD (U) insiders said.

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