Bihar CM Nitish Kumar meets Rahul, says deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav has to go
The Congress has so far been leaning towards Lalu in this tussle but that the loss of an ally (Nitish) would be a large one, especially coming in the wake of the Congress's recent loss of its tallest leader in Gujarat, Shankersinh Vaghela.? Photograph: (DNA)
Bihar chief minister NItish Kumar met Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, and told him that his deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav had to go.
Tejashwi is also RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son.
The Nitish-Rahul meeting is being seen as one meant to save the mahagatbandhan -- the JD(U), RJD, Congress alliance that rules the state -- but it is unclear whether it will hold with Nitish's insisting that Tejashwi has to to.
Tejashwi and his mother Rabri Devi have been named in a CBI FIR which alleges prime land in Patna was transferred to Lalu's family in return for a contract handed out to a hotel company by the Indian Railways while Lalu was Railway minister.
Tejashwi Yadav's resignation or sacking is the biggest issue in Bihar right now. How can a tinted minister sit beside the CM?: Sushil Modi pic.twitter.com/S9K5LeZO6q— ANI (@ANI_news) July 23, 2017
Tejashwi has so far said he is keeping his chair.
News reports said the Congress has so far been leaning towards Lalu in this tussle but that the loss of an ally (Nitish) would be a large one, especially coming in the wake of the Congress's recent loss of its tallest leader in Gujarat, Shankersinh Vaghela.
Gujarat goes to the polls this winter.
Nitish leaving the mahagatbandhan would also be a setback for a possible anti-BJP alliance in the 2019 general elections.
And, reports said, it would also give the BJP a chance of slipping back into power in Bihar.