CBI raids on Lalu: Is this the end of 'Mahagathbandhan'?

10 Jul 2017 | Written by Anupama Vijayakumar; Edited by Roma Das

The future of Bihar's Grand Alliance became more uncertain after CM Nitish Kumar who has so far not commented on the CBI investigation on Lalu Prasad Yadav, postponed a public event.

While an official statement suggested that the cancellation was due to the CM's bad health, speculations indicate that the raids were part of BJP's scheme to create a big crack in the alliance.

In context: What is the future of Bihar?

10 Jul 2017CBI raids on Lalu: Is this the end of 'Mahagathbandhan'?

AboutWhat is the Bihar grand alliance?

The Grand Alliance was formed ahead of the 2015 Bihar selections with the Janata Parivar Group consisting of six parties including the Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United), Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya), Rashtriya Janata Dal, and Janata Dal (Secular).

Indian National and Nationalist Congress parties later joined the fold.

The alliance was rechristened 'Mahagathbandhan' after four parties including JD (Secular) and SP left the alliance.

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What has happened so far?

BackgroundWhat has happened so far?

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided premises belonging to Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav, pointing to corruption charges during his term as railway minister in 2006.

The Enforcement Directorate further raided three farm houses belonging to Lalu's daughter Misa Bharti in Delhi's Ghitorni, Bijwasan and Sainik farmhouses.

Lalu accused the BJP of launching a 'witch-hunt' against him.

CBI Raids: Coincidence or political strategy?

Lalu is the glue that holds NDA opposition together. Speaking on Wednesday he hinted towards a strong possibility of SP and BSP joining in and renewed the call for opposition unity. The CBI raids against Lalu were initiated on Friday. Was this a mere coincidence?

10 Jul 2017Tejashwi Yadav won't resign as Bihar's deputy CM: RJD

With the corruption charges against Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family refusing to die down, the Rashtriya Janata Dal came out openly with the fact that Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav would not step down.

The decision came after RJD held a meeting in Patna.

RJD also slammed BJP for attempting to break the grand alliance in Bihar.

16 Jul 2017Reply against corruption charges or bear consequences: JD(U) to Tejashwi

The stand-off between Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad further intensified on Saturday with JD(U) leaders asking Tejashwi to furnish details against corruption charges or bear the consequences.

JD(U) made it clear that Nitish Kumar's stand on corruption is clear and there would be no compromise on that.

JD(U) also attacked Lalu saying he shouldn't be evasive about the charges and rather reply to them.

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26 Jul 2017Mahagathbandhan ends: Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar Chief Minister

After a month of rift between CM Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav's camp, Nitish has resigned from his post of CM, which effectively means that the Mahagathbandhan has ended.

Earlier in the day, Lalu Prasad Yadav had confirmed that his son Tejashwi, who is Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister, would not resign.

Sources said that the entire Cabinet of JD(U) is now set to resign.

PM Modi congratulates Nitish Kumar!