Tejashwi faces corruption charges, must not become leader of Opposition, says JD(U)

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The JD (U) demand came two days after party leader Mewa Lal Chaudhary resigned his post as state education minister for corruption.

Bihar’s ruling JD (U) on Saturday demanded that RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav refrain from becoming opposition leader because his name was implicated in a number of corruption and criminal cases.

The JD (U) demand came two days after party leader Mewa Lal Chaudhary resigned his post as state education minister for corruption.

At a joint press conference in Patna, JD (U) State President Vashishtha Narayan Singh, incumbent President Ashok Choudhary and spokespersons Sanjay Singh, Neeraj Kumar and Ajay Alok criticized Yadav for targeting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the appointment of Mewa Lal Chaudhary as Minister of Education.

Shortly after Mewa Lal Chaudhary resigned, Yadav attacked the chief minister for inducting a “corrupt” person into his cabinet.

Mr. Chaudhary was appointed in an FIR filed three years ago in connection with irregularities in recruitments at an agricultural university in Bhagalpur district while he was its vice-chancellor in 2010-15.

JD (U) leaders claimed that Mr. Chaudhary’s resignation, just two days after the portfolio was awarded, was in line with the chief minister’s “zero tolerance for crime, corruption and communalism”.

They said that unlike the blank file of the Chief Minister who is also the JD (U), Yadav bore the taint of a number of cases “filed under various articles of the IPC and even the SC / ST law ”.

They pointed out that the state government had asked the relevant district police commissioner to continue the prosecution, which proved that Mr. Chaudhary, a ruling party MP, was not protected. The governor’s nod is expected on this subject.

JD (U) leaders alleged that in filing his nomination papers from the assembly seat in Raghopur, Yadav did not disclose all details of the cases in which he was appointed and urged the Election Commission to take note of the “deliberate omission”.

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