Patna: In yet another apparent sign of the growing rift between grand alliance partners JD (U) and RJD, Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav’s name plate was covered and later removed at an event to be attended by CM Nitish Kumar on Saturday, sources said.
Tejashwi, who is RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s younger son, was scheduled to attend a programme marking the first anniversary of ‘Vishwa Yuva Kaushal Divas’ at Patna’s Gyan Bhawan. He was listed as a “distinguished guest” on a promotional pamphlet for the event and a plaque bearing his name was also placed at the guests table.
However, the plaque bearing the Bihar deputy chief minister’s name was covered up with a blue pad, before being taken off the table ahead of the event’s inauguration.
After CBI filed a case against Tejashwi Yadav on July 5, JD(U) has stepped up pressure on RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members to disclose the source of “massive property” that they allegedly own.
“Tejashwi will not resign. There is no question of his resignation… Mahagathbandhan (ruling Grand Alliance) is intact in Bihar,” Lalu said after a party meeting on Friday.