Nitish hits back at Tejashwi, says power not meant for 'personal gain'

Elias Hubbard
July 29, 2017

RJD legislators staged protests outside the Bihar assembly on Friday ahead of the floor test of the Nitish Kumar government and described him as the "Chief Minister of the Sangh".

"We were given a mandate to work". When Meera Kumar (the UPA's presidential candidate) was on a visit to Patna, Nitish went to Rajgir. "The situation was becoming very hard for us to work".

The Barh ACJM's reply was not accepted by the HC, which asked him to file another and the case is now pending before it, he said.

There were ample indications of a ruckus in the Bihar Assembly as the Chief Minister seeks to prove majority of the government in an alliance between the JD (U) and the BJP, among other parties.

He refused to join issue with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who accused him of having returned to "communal forces" for "selfish" political motives, saying he would respond those attacking him at the "right time".

"We made the alliance and accepted him (Nitish Kumar) as the Chief Minister".

Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav became a deputy chief minister under the deal, but is now under investigation by federal investigators over an illegal land deal. "It is the media which is trying to create a rift".

Nitish Kumar could not muster the courage to dismiss me.

Lallan Singh said Lalu was in the habit of speaking "half truths" and "twisting facts".

Minutes later, Tejashwi echoed his father's statements.

Bihar, with a population of 100 million people but impoverished and frequently scandal-tainted, has seen a titanic power struggle in recent years. "The people will answer the BJP", the deputy CM told CNN-News18.

A former arch-rival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi aligned with the Hindu nationalist leader on Thursday to form a new government in Bihar, one of the country's most populous states.

Yadav, in Ranchi, minutes after his appearance in a special CBI court in connection with a fodder scam case, said, "Narendra Modi and Amit Shah were upset for a long time as they knew my strong public support base can not be shaken". Rejecting demands for his resignation, Tejashwi indirectly questioned Nitish's zero-tolerance policy on corruption.

JD (U) general secretary R C P Singh, senior leader Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan and Neeraj Kumar held a press conference to hit out at Prasad, who had yesterday referred to a pending case against Nitish as a counterattack after he walked out of the grand alliance. "But such cases are politically motivated", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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