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Presidential Poll: RJD Sacks Spokesperson For Remarks Against Nitish Kumar

Bihar's deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Monday sacked Rashtriya Janata Dal's spokesperson Ashok Kumar Sinha for speaking out against the party’s ruling coalition partner Janata Dal (United) and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, in an attempt to stop the rift from escalating further.

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Updated:June 26, 2017, 8:57 PM IST
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Presidential Poll: RJD Sacks Spokesperson For Remarks Against Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (left) and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.

Patna: Bihar's deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Monday sacked Rashtriya Janata Dal's spokesperson Ashok Kumar Sinha for speaking out against the party's ruling coalition partner Janata Dal (United) and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, in an attempt to stop the rift from escalating further.

Yadav summoned party leaders to the house of his father, Lalu Prasad, and issued a stern warning over making any comments against Nitish Kumar or any speculation regarding the future of the Mahagathbandhan.

He made it clear that only RJD president Lalu Prasad is authorised to speak about the coalition.

Tejashwi's decision comes in the backdrop of statements and counter statements being made by RJD and JD(U) leaders in the wake of the two parties deciding to back different candidates in the presidential election, 2017.

While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced that his party will support NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, RJD is backing the Opposition nominee Meira Kumar.

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Nitish's decision to go with the BJP has threatened continuation of alliance in the state as Lalu termed his decision as a "historical mistake".

The Grand Alliance, or Mahagathbandhan, plunged into crisis when Nitish Kumar himself rejected Lalu's plea and reiterated he would not reverse his decision to support Kovind.

Nitish rebuked Congress and RJD for fielding Meira Kuamr in the name of a Dalit candidate from Bihar saying despite knowing the end result they pitted her to ensure defeat.

JD(U)'s leaders, including general secretary KC Tyagi and state party president Vashishtha Narayan Singh, had warned that they would break the alliance if RJD does not make amends.

Tejashwi, on Sunday, had assured that the alliance remains rock solid and urged leaders from both parties to maintain restraint. "Leaders and workers of Grand Alliance should maintain restraint while making any statement," he had said.

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| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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