Patna : Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Monday brushed aside questions on the growing demand for his resignation as media speculation, even as the BJP said he has only two options – resign or get sacked.
Responding to a question on the growing demand for his resignation, Tejashwi told reporters outside the Assembly that “it (resignation demand) is only in the media.”
Tejashwi had skipped an official function on July 15, in which he had to share dais with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, indicating that the acrimony between the JD(U) and the RJD has reached a flash point in the wake of an FIR registered by the CBI against the deputy chief minister.
RJD president Lalu Prasad has also ruled out the resignation of his son Tejashwi.
While Tejashwi stuck to his gun not to quit, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said, “Tejashwi Yadav has only two options – either tender resignation or get sacked.”
Sushil Modi, who is the state BJP Parliamentary party chief, urged Nitish Kumar to “stand firm on his ground (seeking resignation of Tejashwi)… BJP is standing with him on his decision on this issue.”
Though none of the JD(U) spokesmen made any statement on the issue on Monday, party MLA Shyam Bahadur Singh said, “Gatbandhan aaj toot jaye to achha hain… BJP ke saath kaam karne mein maja ata hain (its better if the alliance breaks today… we love to work with the BJP).”