Lalu Prasad Yadav rules out son, Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi's resignation
Lalu Prasad Yadav (C) said that Nitish Kumar had not asked for Tejashwi?s resignation Photograph: (ANI)
Chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday rubbished rumours of a breakup with Janata Dal (United), stressing that all is well with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Lalu Prasad Yadav also ruled out resignation of son and Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav. He said that Nitish Kumar had not asked for Tejashwi’s resignation.
"Mahagathbandhan is intact and Nitish never asked for resignation from Tejashwi" Lalu Prasad told the media at a conference in Patna.
Lalu Prasad Yadav also said he was aware of Nitish Kumar’s growing friendship with the BJP.
"I am aware of the growing bonhomie between Nitish Kumar and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). I know BJP is desperate to ally with Janata Dal (United)(JD(U))."
He also took a jibe at Nitish by saying the alliance was forged because of him, and that the RJD made him Chief Minister.
Rumours had been rife about tensions between the 'Grand Alliance' of Congress and RJD as Nitish Kumar was said to be facing pressure to oust Tejashwi after charges of corruption against him were proved.
Nitish Kumar also backed BJP-nominee Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential election, irking the rest of the alliance members.
The Central Bureau of Investigation had filed a corruption case against Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006.
Lalu Prasad has denied these allegations and called it a political conspiracy by the BJP.