Patna/New Delhi, July 14: RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday questioned news reports of crediting Sonia Gandhi on mediating between the JD(U)-RJD rift saying that he had no talks with Congress President. Lalu Yadav confirmed that he did not spoke to Congress President on Friday and also made clear that his son Tejashwi Yadav due to some corruption charges levied upon him.Also Read - Lalu Yadav Back in Driver's Seat, Takes His First Jeep For a Spin on Streets of Patna | Watch
Lalu Prasad Yadav while speaking to news agency ANI said, “FIR is not sufficient reason for the resignation. The Vidhan Mandal of our party has taken a decision that Tejashwi Yadav will not resign”. Lalu Prasad Yadav further said that he and his family have already issued their clarification on the corruption charges that have been filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), news agency ANI reported. Also Read – RJD, JD(U) Face-off: Tejashwi Yadav May Quit Under Sonia Gandhi’s Mediation Deal, Say Sources Close to Lalu Also Read - 7th Pay Commission: Bihar Govt Announces 15% Salary Hike For 3.5 Lakh Teachers From January | Details Here
“Whatever accusations have been made against me and my family, we have already issued a clarification in the press conference. We will give our responses to the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate whenever they call us,” said Lalu Prasad Yadav was quoted by news agency ANI. Also Read - Bihar Hooch Tragedy: Over 40 Dead in Different Districts Since Diwali, Police Arrest 18 People
This assertion from the RJD chief thus brought an end to speculations that Tejashwi Yadav might step down from the post to save the ruling alliance.
On Friday evening there were reports that Sonia had spoken to Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav and appealed to both not to do anything to break the ruling Grand Alliance of JD(U), Congress and RJD, known as mahagathbandhan.
In a series of related development, Bihar Congress leader and Education Minister Ashok Chowdhry went to Nitish’s official residence and spoke to the Chief Minister for over an hour. What happened during the meeting is still not known.
In a tweet, Tejashwi Yadav also made it clear that he will not resign and even claimed that a section of the media has been “spreading lies” about his resignation.
“In the name of sources, a section of media is spreading lies that I am resigning. I am laughing at such lies as news,” Tejashwi said. He further wrote that he will not resign.
The current crisis was sparked by the CBI raids last week on Lalu’s residence and cases filed against him, Tejashwi and others in an alleged land-for-hotels scandal.
Since then, the two parties have directed barbs at each other, increasing pressure on chief minister Nitish Kumar to sack Tejashwi to protect an image of clean governance.
Earlier last week, the CBI registered a corruption case against Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejaswi; former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P.K. Goyal; and the wife of Lalu’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006. The CBI later questioned Rabri Devi and Tejashwi.
The case was registered on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a Private Company dealing with Hotels in the year 2006.
The investigative agency also conducted searches at 12 locations across Patna, Delhi, Gurugram and other places.
The RJD supremo, however, refuted the allegations against him and called it a political conspiracy hatched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
(With inputs from ANI)