OUT­SOURC­ING THE BARK

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Ni­tish Ku­mar has main­tained a stud­ied si­lence on the CBI raids on his ally, the RJD’s Lalu Prasad Ya­dav. The CBI has filed cor­rup­tion cases against Lalu, wife Rabri Devi and son and deputy CM Te­jashwi Ya­dav in a 2006 ho­tel bribery case. Ni­tish’s four spokesper­sons—San­jay Singh, Neeraj Ku­mar, Ra­jeev Ran­jan and Ajay Alok—have more than made up for his si­lence with a bar­rage of ver­bal at­tacks seek­ing Te­jashwi’s “clar­i­fi­ca­tion”, a thinly dis­guised call for his res­ig­na­tion. It’s a re­peat of an ear­lier strat­egy. The four­some had done the same to Ji­tan Ram Man­jhi when Ni­tish wanted him out as CM in 2015. Man­jhi quit be­fore his trust vote. Re­mains to be seen if Te­jashwi will blink.

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