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The statement came amid the speculation that Nitish Kumar might take some strong decisions regarding the grand alliance in the state after the Presidential election that is now going on. "However, to continue to uphold the principles of the party, it is necessary that the concerned minister come out clean", JD (U) leader KC Tyagi told ANI here. RJD chief Mr Prasad had announced late last night that under nocircumstance, Deputy Chief Minister Mr Yadav would resign as FIRlodged by CBI against him was not a valid reason for hisresignation.

Tejashwi named in a corruption case by the CBI.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi too had a word with Nitish Kumar on Friday (July 14) and is said to have asked him not to make any move which could put the grand alliance in a spot of bother ahead of the Presidential election.

In signs of a widening rift in Bihar's ruling coalition, Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav today skipped an official event in Patna where he was to share the stage with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The party said it will 'not take even 5 minutes to walk out of the government' if need be. It is the RJD that has started saying Tejashwi will not resign.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad have called separate meetings of lawmakers in Patna on Sunday, as a part of the preparation for Monday's presidential polls, media reports said. Mr Kumar, during a meeting last week, said he wanted a public clarification from RJD top leaders over the allegations, and also indicated he expected Mr Yadav to resign from the post.

Contrary to a claim by RJD leaders, all four Independent MLAs, namely, Anant Kumar Singh (Mokama), Rinku Singh (Valmikinagar), Ashok Chaudhary (Kanti) and Baby Kumari (Bochaha), seemed to have voted for Kovind, going by their activity on the assembly premises. "I appeal to Nitish Kumar with folded hands to solve the crisis and save Mahagathbandhan from split", he said, adding that the BJP has been trying to split the alliance.