Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Bihar Mahagathbandhan: RJD leaders urge Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad to resolve crisis

Bihar Mahagathbandhan: RJD leaders urge Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad to resolve crisis

With CM Nitish Kumar toughening his stance on Tejashwi Yadav episode, RJD chief Lalu Yadav appears to have finally budged and signalled that some action will be taken to save the "Mahagathbandhan".

The BJP maintained that he has only two options - resign or get sacked. RJD supremo Lalu Prasad has, however, said Tejashwi will not resign merely on the ground that the CBI has lodged an FIR against him in the land-for-railways hotels case.

The rift in the alliance deepened when RJD chief Lalu Yadav rejected Mr Kumar's demand, and said, "Tejashwi Yadav will not step down under any circumstances". Party leaders hinted the next 72 hours could be crucial as chief minister Nitish Kumar could take a "harsh line" after voting is over in the presidential election.

Responding to a question on the demand for his resignation, Tejashwi told reporters outside the Assembly, "It (resignation demand) is only in the media".

While Tejaswi appeared to have chose to dig in his heels, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said, "He has only two options - either tender resignation or get sacked".

On the other hand BJP has maintained that it is with CM Nitish Kumar in his fight against corruption and his party.

Leaders of both the alliance partners are of the view that Nitish and Lalu should sit, talk and resolve issues rather than allowing the Opposition an easy opportunity to take advantage of their differences.

Though none of the JD (U) spokespersons made any statement on the issue today (Monday), party MLA Shyam Bahadur Singh said, "It's better if the alliance breaks today". The statement came amid the speculation that Nitish Kumar might take some strong decisions regarding the grand alliance in the state after the Presidential election that is now going on. "Over a dozen legislators have cast their votes", an official said. But RJD MLA Lalit Yadav, who was also the party's polling agent, was the first to cast his vote.

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