JD(U) buys time, doesn’t take a decision on Lalu’s son Tejashwi

Aparna Parekh
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with RJD Chief Lalu Prasad at a Roza-Iftaar party hosted by the latter in Patna on Friday.

File photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with RJD Chief Lalu Prasad at a Roza-Iftaar party hosted by the latter in Patna.

The fate of Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad hangs in a balance as Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) decided not to take a final call on him just yet.

Tejashwi Prasad, who is RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son, has been under fire for the past week after CBI named him in a FIR in the land-for-hotel case, alleging financial irregularities.

On Tuesday afternoon, JD(U) decided to keep the alliance going for now, but issued a mild ultimatum.

Last week CBI had conducted raids on Lalu and his family in the case.

BJP has been demanding Tejashwi’s resignation as the Deputy Chief Minister from the Grand Alliance, led by JD(U) in Bihar.

In the meeting, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is said to have told his partymen that he has “zero tolerance” against corruption.

Ahead of the meeting, JD(U) leaders had said that there would be “no compromise” with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s policy of “zero tolerance” against corruption.

“Zero tolerance on corruption and good governance have been Nitish Kumar’s USP and there can be no compromise on these,” JD(U) General Secretary Sanjay Jha told reporters.

With the increasing proximity between JD(U) and BJP – once friends-turned-foes- Nitish’s final decision could be worrisome for Lalu and the Grand Alliance.

Very recently JD(U) broke ranks with the Opposition to support NDA’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who was the Governor of Bihar when his name was selected.

On Monday, the RJD legislature party leaders met in Patna, where Lalu and his supporters ruled out Tejashwi’s resignation. The party accused the Centre of witch-hunt.

Meanwhile, the BJP in Bihar has offered its support to JD(U) from outside if it breaks out of Grand Alliance, which comprises of JD(U), RJD and Congress.