While addressing the media, the RJD leader said he had spoken to Nitish on Tuesday, but nothing about resignation had been discussed
After Nitish Kumar resigned as Bihar Chief Minister, his grand alliance partner and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said the former stepped down fearing his exposure in murder case slapped against him, while also questioning his intent behind the decision.
“I spoke to Nitish last night and asked him to clear all the misunderstandings. We talked for 40 minutes and he did not mention about his resignation even once. He also advised me to clarify the corruption charges through media. Nitish Kumar knew that he is accused in a murder and an Arms Act case under Sections 302 and 307 of the IPC. He also declared this in elections affidavit. Nitish knew that if he would ask Tejashwi to resign, then his crime will be exposed,” Lalu told media.
“This is zero tolerance of my younger brother. This is why he stepped down. When a reporter asked Nitish if he would take the BJP’s support to form a government, then he did not deny. I am sad that he resigned. I asked him to not resign,” he added.
The RJD chief further called for appointment of a new chief minister, as his press conference was before the BJP announced that it was supporting the JD(U).
“This is a grand alliance and the Chief Minister has resigned. Though we have a claim, but a meeting of the RJD, the JD(U) and the Congress MLAs should be called to elect a new chief minister,” he said.
Lalu further accused Nitish to have been hand-in-glove with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) all this while.
"Nitish is hand-in-glove with the BJP, and the RSS. What a setting! Minutes after he resigned, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to congratulate him," he said.