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Bihar crisis : Nitish Kumar first meets Rahul Gandhi, later dines with PM Modi

Picture Courtesy : Hindustan Times
Picture Courtesy : Hindustan Times

Amid intense speculation over a rift in the ‘Grand Alliance’ in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday and is learnt to have discussed the current political situation.

According PTI news report, Party sources said Kumar drove to Gandhi’s Tughlaq Lane residence here and discussed about graft charges against Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son, Tejashwi Yadav.

Meanwhile, BJP said that the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is wasting his time meeting Rahul Gandhi.

“Nitish Kumar is wasting time meeting Rahul Gandhi for reportedly asking Tejaswi Yadav to tender resignation,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said.

“Rahul Gandhi had failed to make his own party chief minister Virbhadra Singh in Himachal Pradesh resign after he was chargesheeted by CBI. How could he ask Tejaswi Yadav (of RJD) to resign?” Modi said.

His meeting with Rahul Gandhi comes at a time when there are differences over the continuation of Tejashwi in the state cabinet, thus posing a “threat” to the grand alliance between the JD(U), RJD and Congress in Bihar.

While the RJD supremo has rejected demands of resignation of his son, Kumar is learnt to have reservations about Tejashwi’s continuance as it dents his “anti-corruption” image.

Kumar-led JD(U) had also crossed swords with the opposition over its support to NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. The opposition had pitched for Meira Kumar as its joint candidate for the presidential polls.

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