Nitish Kumar meets Rahul Gandhi in Delhi, discusses graft charges against Tejashwi Yadav: Sources
Nitish Kumar's meeting with Rahul Gandhi comes at a time of clamour for Tejashwi's ouster from the state cabinet. Photograph: (DNA)
Amid speculation over a rift in the "grand alliance" in Bihar, chief minister Nitish Kumar Saturday met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and is learnt to have discussed the current political situation.
Party sources said Nitish Kumar drove to Gandhi's Tughlaq Lane residence here and discussed the graft charges against Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son, Tejashwi Yadav.
Nitish Kumar is in the national capital to attend a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in honour of outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee.
His meeting with Rahul Gandhi comes at a time when there are differences over the continuation of Tejashwi in the state cabinet, which have posed a "threat" to the grand alliance between the JD(U), RJD and Congress in Bihar.
While the RJD chief has rejected demands for his son's resignation, Nitish Kumar is learnt to have reservations about Tejashwi's continuance as it dents his "anti-corruption" image.
Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) had also crossed swords with the opposition over its support to NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. The opposition had pitched for Meira Kumar as its joint candidate for the presidential polls.