PATNA: The RJD today ridiculed the so-called “high-moral pedestal” claim of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar saying the latter entered into an alliance with the former when party president Lalu Prasad was already charge-sheeted.
The reaction comes amid the growing demand for resignation of deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav who has been named an accused in a corruption case by the CBI.
The JD-U has all along been demanding resignation of “tainted” Tejashwi saying he will have to go to maintain the “clean image” of the chief minister.
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“Lalu was already charge-sheeted (in a fodder scam case) when the alliance was formed. Didn’t he know then?” asked senior RJD minister Chandrashekhar subtly mocking the “clean image” claim of the chief minister.
Chandrashekhar holds disaster management portfolio in the Nitish Kumar government.
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Earlier, chief minister’s own senior cabinet colleague Bijendra Prasad Yadav had questioned the JD-U’s “rationale” behind seeking resignation of Tejashwi on the ground of an FIR.
“Kya jab RJD se samjhauta ho raha tha tab hame yah nahin pata tha ki Lalu Prasad charge-sheeted hain (Didn’t we know then that Lalu Prasad is charge-sheeted when we entered into an alliance)?” was how Yadav had asked at a meeting of the JD-U on Tuesday.
He objected to the party demand for seeking Tejashwi’s resignation, as per media reports. “When the ministers like Uma Bharti continue in Narendra Modi government despite serious charges against them then why this hell?” he reportedly asked.
The RJD made it clear Tejashwi will not resign saying he has been implicated in a false case under a political conspiracy.
Tejashwi himself has refused to tender resignation saying, “Why should I resign? I too am honest.”
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