BJP Willing to Support Nitish from Outside; Says BJP Leader

BJP state President Nityanand Rai at a press conference in Patna (file photo).

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Patna: With Chief Minister Nitish Kumar trying hard to avoid answering any question from the press and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders, in collusion with the Congress Party in Bihar announcing its decision in no uncertain terms that the question of the removal or resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav did not arise, the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday tried to further muddy the water when it said that the party was ready to support Nitish if he was willing to ditch his alliance with the RJD.

BJP state Vice President Devesh Kumar on Monday quoted party state President Nityanand Rai of having said that the BJP was willing to extend outside support to Nitish Kumar if he decided to break its political ties with the RJD that is currently embroiled in all sorts of financial scandals as the CBI continues to build its case against the RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, his son and Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, and other members of the Lalu clan.

"We will provide support to Nitish Kumar from outside so he could continue to remain the Chief Minister of Bihar in the event he says he had had enough of the Lalu Parivar and scams related to it. Of course, the final decision to provide support would come from the BJP central leadership," the BJP leader said.

Nitish Kumar, who returned to Patna after a three-day hiatus from politics conveniently coinciding with the arrival of opposition's choice for the post of President Meira Kumar that he, against the desire of his alliance partners, is not supporting; and with the multiple raids by the CBI at various properties owned by Yadav himself or one of his family members, is scheduled to hold a meeting of the party's top leaders on Tuesday during which he will decide whether he will continue to be a part of the Grand Alliance and thus allowing Tejaswi Yadav to remain in his position, or, he will choose to opt out of the Mahagathbandhan of JD-U, RJD, and Congress.

As recalled, last Friday the CBI carried out raids at more than a dozen properties/houses owned by the RJD chief, his wife Rabri Devi, Tejaswi Yadav, and two others and also lodged FIRs against them in cases involving illegal tender for the development of Railway tourist hotels in Ranchi and Puri when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Railway Minister of India.

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