Will RJD ministers resign from the Nitish Kumar government?

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 15, 2017

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav was on Saturday, July 15, snubbed even in his absence at a youth event attended by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

JD (U) wants Tejashwi's resignation but doesn't want to withdraw from Mahagatbandhan.

The Janata Dal United (JD-U) has called a meeting of Bihar MLAs at the official residence of chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday, according to ANI.

The RJD chief further said that he and his family have already issued their clarification on the corruption charges that have been filed by the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI).

While Labour Resources Minister Vijay Prakash, an RJD leader, presided over the function to celebrate the first anniversary of "Kushal Yuva Karyakram", there was visible awkwardness among the organisers over Tejashwi's absence. The Congress' stated position, articulated by the party's Bihar chief Ashok Chaudhury, has been that it was the Chief Minister's prerogative to decide if the junior Yadav should be in the cabinet or not. The RJD Legislature Party has spurned the JD (U)'s demand that the deputy CM should come clean on the CBI charges against him or step down to uphold GA's "zero tolerance policy on corruption".

As Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrived at the function to take his seat, those on the dais looked towards the door in anticipation of the scheduled arrival of Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav except it never happened.

However, RJD supreme Lalu Yadav later informed that Tejashwi will not resign.

Sources said the chief minister is likely to discuss the issue with Lalu Yadav.

Lalu Yadav with Tejashwi and Rabri Devi after the raids. "The RJD will not allow anybody to break our alliance", Lalu said.

In New Delhi, JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi amid the crisis in Patna.

"They (RJD) must come out with a rebuttal as part of the coalition "dharma", so that the Mahagathbandhan's (Grand Alliance) image in terms of public probity is not damaged", he said.

Tejashwi Yadav has tweeted that he will not resign from his post and the rumours of his resignation are fake.

Meanwhile, RJD leader Manoj Jha said that there is no question of him resigning.

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