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Digvijay backs Bansal while Sharad takes U-turn, wants him to resign

Taking a complete U-turn from his earlier stance, Janata Dal-United(JD-U)  president Sharad Yadav on Thursday asked union minister PK Bansal to tender his resignation over the railway bribery case involving his nephew as Opposition protests grew louder against the minister’s continuation.

Whatever I had said about Bansal was based on the information available with me by then and because of what I have known about him so far. But now the kind of reports that are coming in about his relatives being arrested, I feel why should he allow his further condemnation. Bansal should resign,’ said Yadav.

The U-turn on Bansal came a couple of days after Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar described the earlier statement of Yadav virtually absolving the Congress leader of any fault in the bribery case as his personal viewpoint. At the same time, Yadav maintained that he was not saying that all allegations against Bansal in the public domain are true but added, ‘I am advising him as a friend, why he is receiving more flak (by continuing as minister). He should resign,’ said Yadav.

 Yadav had recently said, ‘If any relative of a political leader is involved in corruption then what is the fault of that leader. I have known Bansal for a long time. He has been in Parliament for a long time. What has he to do with anything if his nephew is taking bribe.’

Meanwhile, Digvijay Singh backing Bansal said that BJP or any other party has no right to seek his resignation. ‘Everyone has relatives and you don’t know all the time what they are doing,’ he said.


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