Janata Dal United, by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Saturday called on Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Tejashwi Yadav not to become the leader of the opposition in the Bihar Assembly over allegations of corruption and criminal cases against him.
The ruling party’s demand came after JD (U) leader Mewa Lal Chaudhary resigned from his post as state education minister on Friday, November 20 for corruption.
At a joint press conference held in Patna on Saturday, November 22, JD (U) State President Vashishtha Narayan Singh, sitting President Ashok Choudhary and spokesperson Sanjay Singh, Neeraj Kumar and Ajay Alok criticized Tejashwi Yadav for hitting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for appointing Mewa Lal Chaudhary as Minister of Education in his cabinet.
After Mewa Lal Chaudhary resigned over corruption allegations, Tejashwi took Nitish Kumar for making a “corrupt person” Bihar’s education minister.
JD (U) leaders said the resignation of Mewa Lal Chaudhary, just two days after his appointment, testifies to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s “zero tolerance for crime, corruption and communalism.”
They added that the relevant district police commissioner had been asked to continue his investigation against Mewa Lal, which clearly shows that the Bihar government of Nitish Kumar is unwilling to protect him.
The three-phase Bihar Assembly elections ended on November 7 and the NDA alliance led by Nitish Kumar emerged victorious after the November 20 count. Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Chief Minister of State for a fourth consecutive term.
Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal became the largest party with 75 seats, followed by BJP which won 74.