Bihar crisis: Nitish, Lalu call separate meetings with lawmakers

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Chief minister Nitish Kumar, who stirred a hornet's next with the GA by deciding that his party, the JD (U) would back NDA nominee in the Presidential poll, didn't turn up at the polling venue.

Tyagi also reacted to Lalu Yadav's statement in which he said that Tejashwi would present his facts only before investigating agencies by saying, "The CM does deserve an explanation from his deputy".

However, the development that threatens the image of the Government, has put Nitish Kumar under pressure prompting his party to create a distance with the RJD. "All I had said was Tejashwi should clarify his position to Nitish and clear the air".

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav on Monday dismissed questions about the growing chorus for his resignation as media speculation. 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". "The BJP will be standing with him on his decision on this issue".

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Leaders of both the alliance partners are of the view that Nitish and Lalu should sit, talk and resolve issues rather than allowing the Opposition an easy opportunity to take advantage of their differences. "We love to work with the BJP". 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.

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

Bihar Congress chief and education minister Ashok Choudhary too spent his time with deputy CM and other party legislators in the assembly till the last vote of party legislators was cast. He remained in his chamber with Congress minister Awadhesh Kumar Singh until all RJD and Congress MLAs had voted for Meira Kumar.

RJD also termed the whole matter as a political vendetta.