The issue snowballed into a big controversy and resulted in a rift between the RJD and JD (U), the pressure mounts on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to sack Tejashwi Yadav despite the assurance from all the party from Mahaghatbandhan to stay in the grand alliance. "After the CBI raids, Sharad Yadav's rapport with the RJD leader has become even more firm", said a Janata Dal (United) leader close to the party veteran.
Despite opposition's demand, the RJD as well as Lalu Prasad have ruled out the possibility of Tejashwi's resignation. Although Prasad nearly keeps his MY (Muslim-Yadav) equation intact, Kumar has been continuously working to strengthen his party's support base among the MBC (most backward castes) and women voters.
According to the reports, Nitish Kumar refuted all the rumours which claimed that the "mahagathbandhan" is on verge of split saying "It is our own baby". She spoke to CM Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and requested them not to do anything that would break the Mahagatbandhan (JD (U)-RJD-Congress).
Tensions escalated on Saturday as Yadav skipped an official meet where Kumar was also going to be present.
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JD (U) wants Tejashwi's resignation but doesn't want to withdraw from Mahagatbandhan. Sharad Yadav's remarks have been in line with the stance taken by the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress - that the raids are a political conspiracy by the BJP.
JD (U) sources said that Mr Sharad Yadav is so miffed with his party president that he has indicated that in case Mr Kumar veers towards the BJP, he would quit. The BJP, on the other hand, has its eyes on the formidable maha dalit votebank which is almost 50 per cent and is the core of the JD (U)'s support base.
It is speculated that either Tejashwi had been sent a message that Nitish did not like to share dais with him amid the differences or he on his own chose to keep off from the function at which he was invited as special guest.
Senior JDU leaders feel that irrespective of whatever is the outcome of the current crisis, Kumar is keen on taking "long term steps" to ensure that his and his government's image remains clean.
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