JD(U) breaks silence, springs to RJD defence
With the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) ruling out the resignation of Tejaswi Yadav, the other key ally of Grand Alliance — Janata Dal (U) — is in a Catch- 22 situation to 'keep' the Grand Alliance intact. According to sources in JD(U), the party would take its final call on Tejaswi during the meeting of its leaders, which is scheduled to be held on Tuesday.
"The RJD has backed its leader. Now, it's our turn to take the final call. Given that RJD has dubbed the CBI raids as BJP's plan to destabilise the state government, the JD(U) would analyse each and every charge levelled against Lalu Prasad and his son during the meeting," the source said.
"The party insider further said that JD(U) is known for its 'clean' image and the party is committed to maintaining it. The party would not take any such decision that would 'disappoint' the voters of Bihar who have given their mandate to Grand Alliance to serve them," the source said.
"At the meeting, JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar is expected to declare that ideology trumps power and that there can be no compromise on integrity," the source said.
Meanwhile, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said that the CBI raids on RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family were aimed at stalling the progress of Grand Alliance. The alliance would remain intact, he said.
Earlier in the day, after a party legislators meeting in Patna, RJD's senior leader and Finance Minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui endorsed Lalu's leadership and said that Tejaswi wouldn't resign. The BJP is trying to destabilise Nitish Kumar government but their dreams will not be fulfilled, he said, adding that the BJP is spreading politics of hate and party will counter BJP in an effective manner.
Meanwhile, in an interesting twist to the developments in Bihar, the state BJP has said it is ready to offer outside support to JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar if he decides to leave the ruling Grand Alliance.
However, the state unit has made it clear that a final decision in this regard will be made by the BJP central leadership.