Will names appearing in the Panama Papers be investigated, asks Tejashwi Yadav

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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday that the re-election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019 was inevitable, less than a week after he patched up with the Bharatiya Janata Party to form a new coalition government in his state.

The day after he resigned as Bihar's chief minister and chose to team up with the BJP to form a new government, Nitish told the five Muslim MLAs of his JDU party to stay put in their constituencies. He said that he doesn't agree with the party leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar decision as the people's mandate was not for this, reported ANI.

Nitish's decision has divided the JD-U and upset Sharad Yadav, a former president of the JD-U, who reportedly complained to party colleagues that Nitish had not consulted him before deciding to embrace the BJP. Nobody from JD-U said anything against RJD's supreme leader.

Mr Yadav also used the term "Paltu Ram" ( turncoat) for Nitish Kumar, who had accused him of using secularism to cover his black money.

Sharad Yadav is believed to be now exploring the possibilities of forming a new political outfit and aligning with the Congress-led UPA.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made it clear that corruption and not communalism is his biggest fear these days.

Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday asked whether CM Nitish Kumar would ask PM Narendra Modi for an impartial probe into Panama papers and action against those whose names have figured in them.

In his first reaction to the breakup of "Grand Alliance", Sharad Yadav described the turn of events in Bihar as "unfortunate". "Then, Nitish had joined hands with the communal forces that demolished the Babri Mosque. Even Sharad Yadav is anxious about this", JD (U) leader Arun Kumar told ANI.

Speaking on his changing alliances, he said, "How could I remain silent as I talked about zero tolerance on corruption?"

Earlier on Thursday, JD (U) senior leaders asserted they had no idea about the decision being taken by Nitish Kumar. "The JD (U) is registered with the Election Commission as a regional party in Bihar and hence going against the decision of the state party was not possible for me", he had said and added that the JD (U) national executive meeting here August 19 would deliberate on the issue in detail. "It is wrong to break the pact we made with the people, who had voted for the grand alliance (mahagatbandhan)", he said.

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