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Tejashwi won't resign, Nitish didn't ask him to step down: Lalu Prasad Yadav

Asserting once again that there is no rift within the Bihar Grand Alliance, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday said there is no question of his son Tejashwi Yadav stepping down as deputy chief minister.

"Tejashwi Yadav will not resign, Nitish Kumar didn't ask for his resignation," said Lalu Prasad at a press briefing after chairing a meeting of RJD MLAs.

He maintained that there is no bitterness between him and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. "No bitterness between me and Nitish. Spoke to him yesterday. Media trying to crack our alliance," Lalu Prasad said.

He, however, added that Nitish is free is take a call on the future of the alliance. "There is no such thing (dispute) from my side. I have made Nitish the chief minister and I am not going to break the alliance, Nitish is free to take a call," Lalu said.

Tejashwi also claimed he was not asked to resign by Nitish Kumar. He blamed the BJP for trying to destabilise the Grand Alliance. "They want to destabilise all the non- BJP governments through one way or another," he told reporters.

The JD(U) is scheduled to meet at 5 pm today and will possibly take a call on Tejashwi's future. The deputy chief minister is facing charges of corruption along with his family members. Sources in the JD(U) told The Indian Express earlier that only Tejashwi?s resignation can save the Grand Alliance.