Putting the Grand Alliance in Bihar to a deep crisis, the Janata Dal(United) said on Friday that the alliance would not have won the 2015 assembly elections without incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s face.
The statement of the JDU came in after RJD MLA Virendra Kumar stated that the party will not entertain any demand of Tejashwiji’s resignation and it will obey only party chief Lalu’s demand in this regard.
“We have 80 MLAs and our leader is Lalu Prasad. What the JD(U) says or wants to convey does not matter to us. We have decided not to entertain any demand of Tejashwiji’s resignation. He has been a victim of BJP’s conspiracy”, Kumar said.
Another RJD leader Manoj Jha also ruled out the reports of Tejashwi’s resignation. “There is no question of him resigning, party is not even discussing it,” Jha was quoted as saying by ANI.
Meanwhile, the JD(U) today said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will never compromise on the issue of corruption.
"Nitish Kumars stand on corruption is well known. He will never compromise on it," JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said.
Asked what his party expected from the Lalu Prasad-led RJD over the charges against his son Tejashwi, he said the RJD leader should give a detailed explanation over these allegations, something his party 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.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the grand alliance in Bihar is intact and it is based on principles. “The people of Bihar had rejected a coalition which wanted to break the Ganga Jamuni tehzeeb (syncretic culture) of Bihar," Congress chief spokesperson said.
To a question about remarks of some alliance leaders that Sonia should intervene to resolve the crisis, he said functionaries of all the three parties should consult their leaders, including Nitish Kumar, before they speak on the issue.
Senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha said whether Tejaswi Yadav should resign or not in the wake of CBI FIR is an "internal" matter of the Grand Alliance and hoped that they would sort it out at the earliest in the interest of Bihar.
He, however, said there had many example where a person is continuing in the ministry despite being charge sheeted or their case being at different stage in a court.
"There are many persons cutting across party lines who are continuing as minister despite being charge sheeted or their case being at different stage in a court," Sinha told PTI on arrival at Patna airport.