RJD rift widens, Sonia Gandhi brokers peace


Tejashwi has described these raids as a part of political vendetta against his father, Lalu Prasad Yadav and his party, RJD which is in alliance with Nitish Kumar's JDU and Congress in Bihar.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday ruled out any tie-up with the JD-U in Bihar even if it snaps ties with the RJD, whose leader Lalu Prasad and his kin are facing corruption allegations.

As the Bihar government teetered on the brink, with ruling alliance partners Janata Dal (United) [JD-(U)] and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) locked in what looks like a battle to the finish, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has stepped in.

"Tejashwi Yadav will not resign under any circumstances", the RJD chief said and denied speaking to Mrs Gandhi on phone.

Earlier this month, the CBI conducted raids across four cities in a corruption case in which Lalu's wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav are among the accused.

Sources said, the meetings are a follow-up to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's calls to Mr. Kumar and Mr. Prasad in an effort to save the Bihar Grand Alliance. Nitish Kumar's party retaliated by asking the RJD to pipe down.

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His colleague Sunil Singh echoed similar views and made it clear that the party would in no circumstance compromise with the "clean image" of Nitish, pointing out that the CM is known for his "politics of principles and zero tolerance to corruption". "Now a final decision will be taken over it", he said.

Verma said that Sonia requested both the leaders to save the government "at any cost" as it was imperative to keep the BJP at bay.

The FIR was lodged in connection with a private party allegedly giving three acres of land in 2004 in Patna to them in return of getting licence to run two IRCTC hotels at Ranchi and Puri when Lalu Prasad was Railway minister.

After much speculation, deputy chief minister of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav has finally decided not to oblige the opposition's demand for his resignation.

In his post, (translated into English), Tejashwi Yadav says that he is dependent on the public, dedicated to development, has no love for honor, is not afraid of insults, holds interest of the public as his first priority, and has the poor as his crown.