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- National leaders from major opposition parties and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar expected to be present at the rally
NEW DELHI/PATNA: JD(U) and its partner RJD on Thursday appeared to be heading towards a break-up after the former publicly rejected Lalu Prasad’s stand that his son, deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, owed no explanation as to how he acquired disproportionate assets which he never declared.
Chief of JD(U)’s Bihar unit Bashishth Narayan Singh, as well as party general secretary Sanjay Jha, said Tejashwi, Lalu’s heir apparent, ought to give a point-by-point explanation of how he ended up being the owner of properties in different parts of the country, shoving aside RJD’s stand that the deputy chief minister had been framed by “communal” BJP, and hence, did not need to offer a detailed rejoinder.
“Nitish Kumar is leading the coalition government and JD(U)’s stand on corruption is clear. The party expects Tejashwi to give a clear-cut explanation (on charges of corruption). Nitish will take an appropriate decision (on Tejashwi) at the right time,” Singh said, adding JD(U) had not sought Tejashwi’s resignation.
Jha, Nitish’s close political aide, stressed that the CM was at the forefront to demand tough action against those holding Benami properties. “In his public meeting in Madhubani after demonetization was announced, Nitishji had publicly said demonetization was not enough and war against Benami properties will be more effective. How can Nitishji sit with a person next to him (Tejashwi) until he comes clean,” Jha said, adding that JD(U) would spell out its stand if its insistence was not needed shortly.