Lalu Prasad Yadav Rules out Tejaswi's Resignation

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, ruled out in no uncertain terms the resignation of his son and Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav saying there was no question of him resigning based on 'simply an FIR'.

"FIR is not sufficient for someone to resign particularly when it is based on flimsy reasons. Why should Tejaswi resign when this whole charge of corruption against him is false?" the RJD chief, who himself remains convicted in multi-crore rupees fodder scam, said before leaving for Ranchi on Friday.

As recalled, Yadav's son has been named in a corruption case filed by the CBI involving transfer of a 3-acre plot in his name in a quid pro quo deal arranged by his father when he was the Union Railway Minister.

Blaming the opposition and the media, the RJD chief said the allegations of corruption against him and his family members were hatched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that, with the help of an obliging Central Government, was determined to destroy the Grand Alliance in Bihar.

"This crisis has been engineered by the BJP to break the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar but I will fight tooth and nail against it and stop the BJP from destroying Bihar," he said.

Yadav also denied media reports that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had offered to mediate or had intervened in the ongoing spat between the RJD and the JD-U to save the Grand Alliance.

"I haven't talked with Sonia Ji on this issue and reports of her trying to bring truce in the Mahagathbandhan is just not true," he said.

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