The political crisis in Bihar is deepening over continuation of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s younger son and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav in the Nitish Kumar cabinet after an FIR was lodged against him in a corruption case. The high voltage drama is likely to end on July 18 when Nitish is expected to take a final call on whether Tejashwi will continue in his cabinet or will he have to resign from his post.
According to sources in the JD(U), Nitish camp has decided not to take any call on Tejashwi’s future till the Presidential elections get over on July 17. The party has convened a meeting of its 71 legislators today at 4 pm at 1, Anne Marg, Nitish’s official residence to discuss the party strategy during Presidential elections.
JD(U) will also be formulating strategy to ensure that no cross voting takes place during Presidential polls. Sources say that any decision on Tejashwi at this point of time would prove to be fatal as far as Presidential elections are concerned. Sources maintain that Nitish has assured Congress President Sonia Gandhi of not taking any decision on Tejashwi till Presidential elections are over.
Tejashwi has been named by the CBI as an accused in its probe into the land-for-hotels scam case. However, RJD supremo has made it amply clear that his Deputy Chief Minister son will not be tendering his resignation at any cost and therefore the ball is now in the Bihar Chief Minister’s court to decide on Tejashwi Yadav’s future.
On the other hand JD(U) has also asserted that at no point of time will Nitish compromise on the issue of corruption. JD(U) is adamant on Tejashwi’s ouster from state cabinet. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has made it almost clear. He does not want his deputy Tejashwi Yadav to continue in office without clearing his name in the corruption case or clarifying the matter publicly.
Therefore, it is expected that Nitish will take any decision on Tejashwi Yadav on July 18, a day after the Presidential elections are over.