Patna: Amid Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s deadline, Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav attended a meeting of the Bihar cabinet today and showcased defiance towards the Bihar CM.
“They are bringing up cases of 2004 against me. I was 14-year-old at that time. How could I have done all that?,” Deputy Bihar CM Tejashwi Yadav said.
That is not happening anytime soon, it was apparent, as Tejashwi, deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, arrived with his older brother and cabinet colleague Tej Pratap.
Tejashwi also accused the BJP for spoiling Bihar’s image.
“BJP is trying to malign the image of Bihar. We will not let that happen,” Tejashwi added.
“I had pledged zero tolerance to corruption when i took over as minister. Not one case of corruption in my 3 depts so far,” Tejaswi said.
Yadav has alleged that he is being subjected to political vendetta by the ruling BJP at the centre, and the corruption charges are false. He won support from the Congress and other opposition parties but Nitish Kumar’s silence on the charges was loudest.
Earlier on Tuesday, after a four-hour meeting of his party Janata Dal United, Nitish Kumar signaled that the only way his alliance with Yadav and the Congress, formed in 2015, would survive was if Tejashwi resigned.
“I shall not compromise with my principles. I am firm on my resolve of zero tolerance against corruption,” the Chief Minister told his party at his home in Patna.
Later, the party’s spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said: “Those facing corruption charges should face the public and come clean on the corruption charges.”
The suggestion was that what the Yadavs have been saying so far isn’t enough and that a detailed, point-by-point counter to the CBI’s charges must be issued. “We created a precedent by taking the resignations of our own ministers,” said the spokesperson.