Resignation no Surprise? Nitish Kumar Was Ready to Sacrifice Government if Tejashwi Failed to Come Clean
Nitish Kumar had told his aides 'loktantra loklaj se chalta hai', which is an indirect reference to the bad name that the government seems to be getting in the Tejashwi Yadav case.
Nitish Kumar parted ways with Lalu Prasad Yadav in July. (News18 Creatives)
New Delhi: Nitish Kumar on Wednesday resigned as Bihar Chief Minister following a standoff with ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) throwing into tatters the anti-BJP Grand Alliance in which came to power with an overwhelming majority in 2015.
CNN News18 was the first report that the mahagathbandhan was in turmoil, and has been exhaustively reporting on the same.
Just 10 days ago, CNN News18 had reported that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, according to sources, was ready to seek fresh mandate in case Tejashwi Yadav, who has been booked by the CBI in a corruption case, fails to give convincing answers to the charge against him.
According to JDU sources, the chief Minister had told his aides 'loktantra loklaj se chalta hai', which is an indirect reference to the bad name that the government seems to be getting in the Tejashwi Yadav case. In political circles, it was being read as a direct message to Tejashwi to come clean or quit.
Nitish Kumar was also not very happy with Congress' offer to mediate, JDU sources had told CNN-News18. This was confirmed with Nitish, on Wednesday, confirming that meetings with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had not directed him to an appropriate solution.
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. Apart from Tejashwi, his father and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and mother Rabri Devi have also been booked.
Nitish has carefully cultivated a clean image and this controversy was causing a huge dent to his image perception.
Similar to Lalu's statement early on Wednesday, his party had earlier, too, ruled out Tejashwi's resignation. "Tejashwi will not resign. There is no question of his resignation," Lalu Prasad told the media on Friday after holding a nearly three-hour-long meeting with senior party leaders and legislators at his official residence.
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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