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Should Tejaswi Yadav Quit? Nitish Gives Lalu 4 Days To Clarify Say The Truth

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| July 11 , 2017 , 19:38 IST

JD-U chief Nitish Kumar on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to the grand alliance in Bihar. Nitish has asked Lalu Yadav to clarify whether charges framed against RJD chief Lalu Yadav and his son Tejaswi Yadav are true or false. By saying so the JD-U chief has put the ball in Lalu's court.

All this comes contrary to the speculations that Nitish Kumar might ask Tejaswi Yadav to resign.

Nitish Kumar who convened a day-long party meet on Tuesday said, "Those facing corruption charges should face the public and come clean on the corruption charges. And we are confident it will happen."

“Neither I have compromised on my principles, nor will I ever do so,” Nitish reportedly said at the closed-door meet of his party leaders here at the CM’s official residence – 1, Aney Marg.

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Nitish said that the RJD chief Lalu Prasad should take a call within four days on whether his youngest son Tejaswi, against whom the CBI lodged a FIR on July 5 in the land-for-hotels deal, followed by raids on July 7, should continue as Deputy Chief Minister or not,” said former minister Ramai Ram, soon after emerging out of the meeting.

“Those who have been charged by the CBI should reply to the charges before the media and the public so that there is no misconception about the allegations being made against them,” said JD (U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar.

"We created a precedent by taking the resignations of our own ministers," JDU spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said at a press briefing, referring to several instances in the past when Nitish Kumar has asked his ministers to quit over corruption charges.

His comments came after Nitish Kumar met with hundreds of delegates from the JDU including parliamentarians and state lawmakers to discuss the handling of a series of corruption cases that are blowing up for Lalu Yadav and his children. Yesterday, at a similar meeting, Lalu Yadav's party announced that Tejashwi Yadav will not resign on the basis of the CBI charges against him. Lalu Yadav has said that the charges are fabricated and that in any case when the alleged transgression took place, Tejashwi Yadav was a minor.

Although Nitish Kumar has not asked Tejashwi to quit it's quite clear that he is on BJP's side as he is supporting the joint candidate for Vice President as well.

Nitish will also look to maintain his clean image as he will not want a corrupt candidate to be a part of his cabinet.

His siding with the BJP was seen as an expression of interest in exploring a new arrangement ahead of the 2019 general election - one that could see him reattached to the BJP, with whom he split in 2013 after a 17-year alliance.