After Nitish Kumar resigned yesterday, Lalu Yadav came to address the media in the evening with papers displaying cases against his former ally. Lalu said “Nitish Kumar knew that he is accused of section 302, one of India’s CM is main accused in murder and arms case,” as per ANI. Lalu raked up these old cases because Nitish has quit as chief minister citing irreconcilable differences with ally RJD over corruption charges against deputy CM Tejashwi and the Yadav family at large. But, it has been alleged that earlier this year, Lalu Yadav had sent his emissaries and apparently offered a deal to a senior Union minister to bring down Nitish in exchange for Centre’s help with court cases facing the RJD chief, Times of India reported. It is learnt that at that time Nitish also feared Lalu could possibly poach JDU MLAs and this had deepened the distrust in the grand alliance. It more or less paved the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP to woo back Nitish Kumar, the report added. Nitish had more or less also signalled his changed tactics by first supporting demonetisation move of PM Modi and thereafter also offering support to NDA presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind.
One of the cases against Nitish was from the Barh Lok Sabha by-poll in November 1991 when Sitaram Singh was killed and four others were injured in a poll booth firing, the Indian Express reported. It is alleged that Nitish Kumar with his party leaders had disrupted polling at the booth which led to a clash among villagers. While he won against Congress’s Sidheshwar Prasad, a murder case was lodged against Nitish Kumar. Five others were also involved in the case. Nitish Kumar and Dularchand Yadav’s names were dropped from the charge sheet submitted in a civil court in 1993, IE reported. Dilip Singh and Baudhu Yadav who were also involved died by 2008 when Barh’s additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) took over. A witness, Alok Singh, challenged the dropping of Nitish Kumar’s name from the charge sheet. Nitish, however, moved the High Court and got stay on the summons and court proceedings before the Barh court.