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Friends turn foes: Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi Yadav tear into Nitish Kumar

Nitish came back to the National Democratic Alliance fold with taking the oath for the sixth time

ANI  |  Patna 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressing Civil Services Day function at CM secretariat in Patna
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

(RJD) supremo Yadav on Friday tore into over the recent political drama that unfolded in the state leading to Nitish taking the oath sixth time in 12 years.

Lalu said Nitish's move of joining the (BJP) was indeed surprising as he had been the most vocal in calling for a 'Sangh-mukt Bharat,' referring to an free of the and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

"was the one who was the most vocal in calling for a 'Sangh-mukt Bharat'. He had left the and came," Lalu told ANI.

Lalu also gave a pointed reminder that his party has the most number of seats in the legislature and that he has played an important role in framing the state

Lalu's wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi downplayed the whole hype surrounding the alleged properties owned by the Yadav family and said that many skeletons from others' closets would surely fall off.

"Who does not have property? Everybody has. Will and other politicians agree for probe into their properties? Why are they after our family?" Rabri told ANI.

Rabri further said that their family isn't "scared of anybody and is ready to go any place we are called to."

"We trusted Nitish, because he left the and came. We never pressurised him to do anything. He himself went back to where he had come from," she further said.

"Nitish had been targetting my sons for very long. They were doing good in and moving ahead. They were being appreciated. So he conspired with the and did this," she added.

Former deputy chief minister and Lalu's son Tejashwi Yadav reiterated what he had been saying for long and asserted that the people of Bihar are feeling cheated.

"The mandate was against the They have cheated the people by doing this," he said.

Earlier in the day, won the floor test in the Bihar Legislative Assembly with 131 votes in favour and 108 against.

Nitish came back to the Democratic Alliance (NDA) fold with taking the oath for the sixth time.

The (United) (JD(U)) and the MLAs met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to stake claim to form the government in the state, after Nitish ended the 'mahagathbandhan' in the state and resigned from his post, instead of Tejashwi Yadav, as was being speculated and expected.

Nitish resigned citing political differences with a former ally, Yadav-led RJD, over corruption charges against Tejashwi, following which the state saw a rigmarole of political events including dharnas and probationary orders.

The development came hours after Lalu took a jibe at Nitish, saying he was aware of his longtime friend's party's growing bonhomie with the

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