JD-U Non-committal on Joining RJD Rally in August

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's surrogates and Janata Dal – U spokespersons, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, remained vague on party's support to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) sponsored 'BJP Hatao, Desh Bachao' rally to be held at Patna's Gandhi Maidan in August later this year.

"We have not made any decision one way or the other about joining the RJD rally in August. There has been casual talk about it within the Janata Dal – U but so far no decision has been taken in this regard," party state President Vashisht Narayan Singh said.

JD-U's reluctance to commit to join Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members at the Gandhi Maidan rally is giving some anxiety to the RJD leaders who, in the face of numerous allegations of money-laundering and amassing properties in record time to the tune of hundreds of thousands of crores beyond their known sources of income, hope to rope in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his party leaders in the hope of showing total and complete unity in the state.

Sanjay Singh, another party spokesperson, said there was plenty of time to think about it and a decision would be taken when the time was right.

There had been rumors swirling around the state the Kumar is keeping all of his options open in case allegations of corruption against Yadav and his family members, as made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in the past several weeks, are proven to be right.

The fact that the Supreme Court of India recently ordered the reopening of the Rs. 950 crore fodder scam case against Yadav and a number of other accused is also making Nitish Kumar jittery about his continued relationship with the RJD, party sources say.

Yadav has been touting the presence of non-BJP political stalwarts like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Congress top leaders and mother-son duo Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, and former Prime Minister of India H D Deve Gowda at the rally though sources say no one has officially committed to attend the rally as yet.

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