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Amid Bickering in Bihar Mahagathbandhan, Tejashwi Meets Sonia in Delhi

Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, whom the CBI has booked in a in a land graft case, is also likely to meet his lawyers in Delhi on Tuesday as he prepares his legal defence.

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Updated:July 24, 2017, 11:04 PM IST
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Amid Bickering in Bihar Mahagathbandhan, Tejashwi Meets Sonia in Delhi
Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav is also likely to meet his lawyers in Delhi on Tuesday as he prepares his legal defence. (File photo)
New Delhi: Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, whom the CBI has booked in a in a land graft case, amid bickering in Mahagathbandhan met Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday. This comes just two days after Nitish Kumar met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Tejaswi is also likely to meet his lawyers in Delhi on Tuesday as he prepares his legal defence.

JD(U) state president Bashistha Narain Singh summoned all spokespersons at his house in the morning and directed them not to interact with media till further instructions.

Nitish will be in Delhi on Tuesday to attend President elect Ram Nath Kovind's swearing in ceremony and, sources say, he is expected to meet Sonia as well.

Fissures in the Bihar Mahagathbandhan came to the fore after the CBI booked Lalu, wife Rabri Devi, and son Tejashwi in a corruption case. Lalu has been accused of influencing the awarding of an IRCTC tender when he was the railway minister in 2005 and accepting prime land in return. The land was allegedly transferred to Tejashwi and Rabri via a shell company.

The Congress – third member of the alliance – has been playing peacemaker in the standoff between Bihar’s two major parties.

The Bihar Assembly session will begin later this month and Nitish is likely to face questions about Tejashwi continuing in the government despite corruption allegations against him.

Nitish has carefully cultivated a clean image and this controversy is causing a huge dent to his image perception.

The RJD has clearly ruled out Tejashwi's resignation.

The JD(U) has 71 MLAs, RJD 81 and the other alliance partner Congress has 27 while the BJP, which is the main opposition in the House, has 53 MLAs.

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| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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