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Patna : The RJD on July 14, 2017, made things difficult for JD(U) and CM Nitish Kumar by throwing hints that if Deputy CM Tejaswi  Yadav is sacked or forced to resign all the RJD ministers will resign. The RJD, however, indicated that it would be extending outside support to the Nitish government to stop him going into NDA fold.

The RJD had on July 10 categorically said Tejaswi would not resign in the wake of CBI registering a case against him in the land for hotel scam on July 5, 2017, rocking the Grand Alliance government and shattering RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s plan of making his younger son the chief minister of Bihar.

But, with CM Nitish Kumar firm on `zero tolerance against corruption’ stand, the RJD may finally gave in. But, it has given clear indication that if Tejaswi is sacked or forced to resign, all the RJD ministers will resign. The CBI had quizzed Tejaswi and his mother and former CM Rabri Devi on July 7 besides carrying out search operation at their residence 10, Circular Road, the same day. The ED, on the other hand, recently quizzed Lalu’s daughter Dr Misa Bharti, MP, and her husband Shailesh in connection with a money laundering case.

The JD(U) had on July 11 given four day’s time to the RJD to take a decision on Tejaswi. The RJD is likely to take a decision on Tejaswi once Lalu is back from Ranchi after appearing in court there in few fodder scam cases. The BJP has alleged that Tejaswi, 28, owns 17 properties

Although Nitish is not personally speaking over Tejaswi issue but the JD(U) leaders including its state president Bashistha Narayan Singh, MP, have said that Tejaswi would have to resign and come clean in land for hotel scandal. JD(U) sources said that Nitish had only given four days’ time to Tejaswi not a reprieve. Nitish had taken resignation from four ministers facing corruption and other charges during 2005 to 2013. Tejaswi can’t be an exception, said (U) sources said.  The JD(U) national general secretary K C Tyagi maintains there is no threat to the Grand Alliance government.

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