Bihar crisis: Nitish, Lalu call separate meetings with lawmakers

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With Presidential elections over, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar may take a final call on the removal of deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.

Mr Lalu Yadav may ask all 11 ministers from the RJD, including his two sons, to resign and provide an external support to the JD (U) to save the alliance in Bihar.

Tejashwi had skipped an official function on July 15, where he was to share the dais with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, triggering speculation that the festering acrimony between the JD (U) and the RJD had reached a flash point in the wake of an FIR being registered by the CBI against the deputy chief minister in the land-for-hotels case. The Chief Minister has indicated that he would prefer his deputy Tejashwi Yadav to exit the government if unable to present a rebuttal to the CBI's charges against him.

With CM Nitish Kumar toughening his stance on Tejashwi Yadav episode, RJD chief Lalu Yadav appears to have finally budged and signalled that some action will be taken to save the "Mahagathbandhan". "All I had said was Tejashwi should clarify his position to Nitish and clear the air".

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It was perhaps because of the strained ties between the JD (U) and RJD, following the stalemate caused by Tejashwi's refusal to put in his papers, that JD (U) MLAs indulging in conversation with legislators of the Congress or the RJD, were separated and guided to Shravan Kumar's chamber.

The JD-U, however, demanded that Tejashwi should come out "clean".

They rushed to the opposition leader's chamber to greet the BJP leaders, before standing in the queue to vote. On Sunday, Congress state president Ashok Chaudhary was held a series of talks with both the leaders.

RJD also termed the whole matter as a political vendetta. There were around 100 legislators jostling with one another in queue when the booth was opened for voting. However, BJP MLA Anand Bhushan Pandey could not vote due to serious illness.

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