Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is yet to react on Lalu's declaration, but his body language on Saturday spoke volumes when he graced an official function which was also scheduled to be attended by Tejashwi who did not turn up.
Lalu Prasad Yadav had recently announced that his younger son Tejashwi Yadav will not resign from his post of Uttar Prasesh Deputy Chief Minister. The Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal is adamant that Tejashwi won't resign.
However, it was still unclear whether she had asked Lalu Prasad to ask his son to quit to save the alliance from breaking.
He, however, said that he would not know if Sonia Gandhi had spoken to Nitish Kumar. She spoke to CM Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and requested them not to do anything that would break the Mahagatbandhan (JD (U)-RJD-Congress).
If Congress' mediation succeeds, we may expect this outcome. Earlier this week, Nitish had chaired a crucial meeting of JD (U) MLAs, office bearers and district chiefs.
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Amid reports of an apparent rift in in Bihar's "mahagathbandhan" between the Janata Dal (United) (JD (U)) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opined that although the party is heading towards a split, they are trying to put up a "brave face". The episode highlighted the deteriorating ties between the two Grand Alliance partners, which was growing with every passing day.
Deputy CM Tejashwi has an FIR lodged against him in a corruption case.
Lalu Prasad has been in Ranchi for the past two days to appear before a court in connection with the fodder scam. "Nitish will take an appropriate decision (on Tejashwi) at the right time", Singh said, adding JD (U) had not sought Tejashwi's resignation.Jha, Nitish's close political aide, stressed that the CM was at the forefront to demand tough action against those holding benami properties.
Senior JDU leaders feel that irrespective of whatever is the outcome of the current crisis, Kumar is keen on taking "long term steps" to ensure that his and his government's image remains clean.
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