Tejaswi won't quit: RJD to JD (U)

Tejaswi won't quit: RJD to JD (U)

Tejaswi won't quit: RJD to JD (U)
Hours after the JD (U) put the ball of Tejaswi Yadav’s resignation in the RJD court and asked its president Lalu Prasad to decide about his continuance in the Nitish Cabinet within four days, the RJD virtually rejected the JD (U) diktat.

At an informal meeting here in the evening at Lalu-Rabri residence, at least three ministers in Nitish Government, all from the RJD quota, reiterated that “since Tejaswi has done no wrong, there was no question of his resignation.”

“Tejaswi is an emerging leader who has a bright future. As a minister, his track record is impeccable. Despite being a newcomer, he has handled three ministries with equal aplomb. And most importantly, when he has done no wrong, why should he quit,” said RJD ministers Alok Mehta, Sheo Chandra Ram and Abdul Ghafoor.

Lalu Prasad, who returned from Ranchi at 6.40 pm after appearing in a fodder scam case in Jharkhand, held confabulations with senior party leaders including Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Jagdanand Singh. The party decided to stand by Tejaswi like a rock and “not buckle under any pressure from an ally or an opponent.”

The Congress too appeared to be on Lalu's side in this hour of crisis. “There is no political upheaval as such. It’s the media which is hell-bent on creating fissures within the Grand Alliance,” said Bihar Congress president Ashok Choudhary, who is also Education Minister in Nitish Cabinet.

The Congress has 27 MLAs while the RJD is the single largest party with 80 legislators in the 243-member House. The JD (U)’s 71 members put the Grand Alliance tally at 178, far more than the half-way mark of 122. The BJP, with its 53 MLAs, has informally promised outside support to Nitish if he walks out of the alliance and re-join the NDA.
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