In a terse message to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav over allegations of his acquiring "benami" properties to the tune of hundreds of crores, Nitish Kumar's JD-U has distanced itself from the controversy, leaving the former Bihar chief minister to fend for himself.
JD-U, in the last four weeks since senior BJP leader Sushil Modi started making explosive claims on how Lalu and his family members acquired benami properties, has maintained a deafening silence on the allegations being levelled on Lalu despite RJD being a senior partner in the Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar. Notably, neither Chief Minister Nitish Kumar nor any spokesperson from his party has spoken on this issue, leaving Lalu alone to defend himself.
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- Senior JD-U leader and Rajya Sabha MP RCP Singh has categorically asserted that the person against whom charges are being levelled needs to explain.
- "One should go and ask Sushil Modi what allegations he is levelling against Lalu? What do we have to say on this? It is the person against whom charges have been leveled who must explain and clear his stand, not us", said Singh, a close aide of Nitish Kumar.
- Nitish's stand to not support Lalu comes at a time when, according to sources, the Bihar chief minister may even go to the extent of sacrificing his government instead of backing the RJD chief, who is facing charges of corruption.
- In the last few months, Nitish has been vociferously raising the issue of benami property and has backed PM Modi on the issue of demonetisation. It's this stand of Nitish which makes him distance himself from defending Lalu, whose 80 MLAs are supporting in running a coalition govt in the state.
- Meanwhile, RJD has said that his party supremo needs no support from any quarter to defend himself.
- "We do not have support from anyone. RJD is capable of answering all questions", said RJD MLA Bhai Birender from Maner.