The JD(U) on Monday ramped up pressure on alliance partner RJD over the corruption case involving Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, urging 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.
Earlier in the day, the Deputy CM was spotted saying, “It’s not a political crisis, it is a media crisis.”
Amid a growing rift 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 the 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 agencies.
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. Singh was reacting to the "80-MLA" remark of Ram Chandra Purve, the Bihar unit chief of the RJD.
In Delhi, JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would never compromise on the issue of corruption.
"Nitish Kumar's stand on corruption is well known. He will never compromise on it," he said.
Asked what his party expected from the RJD over the charges against Tejashwi, Tyagi said the RJD leader should give a detailed explanation over the allegations, an issue his party had made clear following a meeting of its leaders in Patna.
Tyagi also insisted that he never sought Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's intervention to defuse the crisis in the Grand Alliance and only welcomed such a suggestion reportedly made by a Congress leader in Bihar.
Sources told Republic TV that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is all set to sack Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav. As per sources, the CM has made up his decision. While earlier it was reported that CM Nitish Kumar would break the alliance, sources now confirm that Tejashwi Yadav would have to resign. They also added that if Tejaswi Yadav doesn't resign, then Nitish would step down.
The decision regarding this matter would be taken soon.
Earlier on Monday, the RJD stood firmly behind beleaguered Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav and dismissed the BJP's demand for his resignation after he was accused of corruption in a land-for-hotel case that is being probed by the CBI. The Congress had also backed the Deputy Chief Minister.
(With inputs from PTI)