"Though Nitish Kumar had never talked about the resignation of Tejashwi, he did talk about moral values in politics during our party meeting, stressing occasions when a person has to take a tough decision for moral values", JD (U) spokesperson told the Indian Express after a meeting of party leaders on Sunday, which was attended by Nitish. This was apparently because he is a member of the state legislative council and, as such, ineligible to vote.
Amid the deepening crisis in the grrand alliance government in Bihar RJD Chief Lalu Prasad made a veiled attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and said those who are confused always get betrayed.
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Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar on Sunday evening did not say a word about Tejashwi Yadav, while addressing his party legislators and senior party leaders at his official residence in Patna, said party state president Vashisht Narain Singh. RJD supremo Lalu Prasad has, however, said Tejashwi will not resign merely on the ground that the CBI has lodged an FIR against him in the land-for-railways hotels case.
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Mr Lalu Yadav may ask all 11 ministers from the RJD, including his two sons, to resign and provide an external support to the JD (U) to save the alliance in Bihar. He remained in his chamber with Congress minister Awadhesh Kumar Singh until all RJD and Congress MLAs had voted for Meira Kumar. Congress MLAs, numbering 27, were the first to finish casting their votes. "However, to continue to uphold the principles of the party, it is necessary that the concerned minister come out clean", JD (U) leader KC Tyagi told ANI here. "The BJP will be standing with him on his decision on this issue".
Kumar had said at a meeting last week that he wanted a public clarification by top RJD leaders over the allegations and also indicated that he expected Tejashwi Yadav to resign from his Cabinet post.
Congress MLA Shakil Ahmad Khan and MLC Dilip Chaudhary suggested senior leaders of the three coalition partners talk among themselves to hammer out a solution.
RJD also termed the whole matter as a political vendetta. However, BJP MLA Anand Bhushan Pandey could not vote due to serious illness.