Tejashwi won't resign, coalition intact: Lalu Prasad Yadav

Bihar RJD JD, Tejaswi Yadav Nitish Kumar Lalu Prasad Yadav

Tejasvi Yadav has been facing allegations of corruption in connection with a land-for-hotels case

This has fuelled speculation about the nature of the RJD's response to any possible sacking of Tejashwi."RJD made a decision to wait and see what Nitish does before Lalu went to Ranchi to appear before the CBI court in fodder scam cases on Thursday".

A senior RJD legislator Shrinarayan Yadav said the JD-U leaders were speaking the language of the BJP, and went on to add: "If JD-U wants to go with BJP, it is free to do so". Thus far, both parties have stood their ground, with the RJD unwilling to push Mr. Yadav to step down, and the JD (U) adamant that he does so.

The RJD and the Congress have called a joint meeting of their MLAs tomorrow to discuss the July 17 presidential poll strategy, while the JD (U) has convened a separate meeting of its MLAs at the chief minister's official residence.

"Nitish Kumar is a person of high moral values".

The continuity of Tejashwi Yadav in the Cabinet has become untenable, with the JDU clearly stating that the party will not compromise on the "clean image" of Nitish Kumar, who has been the Chief Minister for long without facing a single dent against his name. This brought Singh between him and the RJD minister. The same event was attended by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

The rift within the grand secular alliance widened on Friday after JD (U) demanded details of Lalu Yadav's properties.

In his post, (translated into English), Tejashwi Yadav says that he is dependent on the public, dedicated to development, has no love for honor, is not afraid of insults, holds interest of the public as his first priority, and has the poor as his crown.

"Tejashwi Yadav will not resign under any circumstances", the RJD chief said and denied speaking to Mrs Gandhi on phone. The Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal is adamant that Tejashwi won't resign.

He said "Everybody knows that they (BJP) are afraid of Laluji".

The JD (U) also warned the alliance partner to avoid showing arrogance. His eldest daughter Misa Bharti, son-in-law Shailesh Kumar and son Tejashwi Yadav as well as Prasad's wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi came under the scanner of the income-tax (I-T) department under the Benami Transactions Act 1988. "Bihar cannot develop without the overall growth of youths", Kumar said while addressing at a function organised on the occasion of "World Youth Skill Day" in Patna.

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