Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s silence after raid at the Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswini Prasad Yadav’s house by the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) continues to trigger speculation about the fate of ruling grand alliance. According to reports JD (U) like BJP want RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son to resign as the Dy Chief Minister. Opposition party’s demand was turned down by RJD earlier.
At the same time JD(U) has called party legislators meeting on Tuesday.
After the raid CBI has registered an FIR against the Dy CM on corruption charges.
RJD sees move by the investigating agency as part of a political conspiracy hatched by the ruling party.
CBI registered FIR against Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and Tejashwi for allegedly accepting a prime plot of land in Patna in exchange for awarding a tender for the maintenance of two railway hotels to two Bihar businessmen when the RJD chief was railway minister in 2006.
A day before CBI conducted raid Nitish Kumar left Patna on health ground and returned to the city on Sunday. But he has not yet responded to the raid. Earlier there were reports saying that Bihar Chief Minister had an inkling about the raid and he left the capital because of this.
Congress, another constituent of the grand alliance has came out in support for RJD calling the raid as part of a political vendetta.
The political position taken by Nitish Kumar on various issues ranging from demonitisation to President election has put the opposition alliance in a sort of atrouble.
Even after rural India began to feel the heat of demonitisation , Nitish Kumar continued to support the move taken by Narendra Modi government as an effective strike an black economy.
Even before opposition could finalise their candidate for the President election Nitish offered support to NDA candidate Ramnath Kovind , who at the time of nomination was the Governor of Bihar.
Nitish Kumar who was with National Democratic Alliance for decades severed ties with the front after NDA announced Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate in 2013.
He entered into a political alliance with his bete-noire Lalu Prasad Yadav after JD U was crushed in the 2014 parliamentary election. Then JDU , RJD and Congress came together to form a grand alliance which won hands down in 2015 assembly election. Though Nitish was elected as the Chief Minister RJD is the single largest party in the assembly.
If JDU officially demands Tejaswini Prasad’s resignation it may turn out to last nail on the much touted grand alliance in Bihar, which many thought would be the precursor of national opposition alliance