New Delhi, July 27:  Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA Maheshwar Prasad on Thursday said that leaders of the party demanded resignation of Tejashwi Yadav and held RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav responsible for the downfall of the party after Nitish Kumar took oath as the CM of Bihar with BJPs support. As per Prasad, Lalu’s love for his son Tejashwi Yadav paved the way for the rift between the RJD and the JD(U).

“Our party leaders had suggested that the junior Yadav should offer his resignation to save the alliance but both father and son were adamant on their decision,” said Prasad. Speaking to ANI, Prasad said, “Extra involvement in his family and his son – his putra-moh – became the reason of his downfall.” He praised Nitish and called him an honest man as he does not bring in the family.

Bihar saw a major midnight political drama soon after Nitish Kumar resigned on Wednesday as Bihar Chief Minister to protest against his Deputy Tejashwi Yadav’s stubbornness to stay in the Cabinet despite being charged with corruption by the CBI.

However, Tejashwi put the onus on Nitish and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the latest political development in the state. He said that political vendetta against him exposed the Opposition’s viciousness. “I delivered manifold than what was expected of me. My performance perturbed our ally and the BJP. The vendetta against me exposes their viciousness,” he tweeted.

The RJD on Thursday morning was forced to cancel its protest march to Raj Bhavan to oppose Kumar’s swearing-in ceremony due to probationary orders.