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Bihar Mahagathbandhan crisis: Why next 48 hours are crucial for Tejashwi Yadav

Tejashwi Yadav

RJD chief Mr Prasad had announced late last night that under nocircumstance, Deputy Chief Minister Mr Yadav would resign as FIRlodged by CBI against him was not a valid reason for hisresignation.

The BJP maintained that he has only two options - resign or get sacked.

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

The Janata Dal (United) on Saturday said that party leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has not demanded resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, who has been named in a First Information Report (FIR).

While Tejaswi appeared to have chose to dig in his heels, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said, "He has only two options - either tender resignation or get sacked". He also said that an important part of the Mahagatbandhan JD (U) will be voting for the BJP presidential candidate tomorrow but people of Bihar are politically aware and can not be fooled easily. The rift in the alliance deepened when Mr Lalu Yadav had rejected Mr Kumar's demand and said: "Tejashwi Yadav will not step down from the post under any circumstances".

They rushed to the opposition leader's chamber to greet the BJP leaders, before standing in the queue to vote.

BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi urged Mr Nitish Kumar to "stand firm on his ground".

Fearing that any action against Tejashwi would affect the Presidential poll, both RJD and Congress want to hold the matter till the polling is over.

Speaking exclusively to ANI, Lalu had earlier stated that the grand alliance in Bihar is an unbreakable bond, adding that the RJD will not let the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) break the alliance between the JD (U), Congress and the RJD.

Kumar instructed officials to prepare a plan for management of sewage water so that it can be utilised properly, an official statement said.