Patna: The simmering discontent in RJD has come to the fore following its rout in Lok Sabha election with a senior party legislator Maheshwar Prasad Yadav Monday asking Tejashwi Yadav to resign from the post of Leader of Opposition taking moral responsibility of the drubbing.Alleging that parivarwad (family politics) has cost the party most, Yadav, RJD MLA from Gaighat assembly constituency in Muzaffarpur district, claimed the party will break if his demand is not fulfilled. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAs a party MLA, I would request Tejaswhi Yadav to resign from the post of LOP taking moral responsibility of the Lok Sabha poll debacle and appoint any other senior party leader hailing from a caste other than Yadav to the post of LOP, failing which the party will have to face crushing defeat in 2020 assembly elections, Yadav told reporters. RJD is the second party of the five members mahagathbandhan to face the heat of resounding defeat in the hands of NDA in Bihar. Except for one seat of Kisanganj won by the Congress, the BJP, JD(U) and LJP combine bagged 39 out of a total 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. Earlier, Upendra Kushwaha led RLSPs three legislators- two MLAs and one MLC- merged with the JD(U) on Sunday following the massive drubbings at the hustings. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsMaheshwar Prasad Yadav warned the party leadership that legislature party will break if his demand is not fulfilled. If my demand (to appoint someone else as LOP) is not fulfilled, then the legislature party will break as partys several legislators are with me, Yadav claimed. Asked whether he has the support of two-third of RJD legislature party to avoid disqualification under anti- defection law, Yadav answered in affirmative saying that he has the support of large numbers of party MLAs as no one wants to board the sinking ship…but please, dont ask me the names and numbers at the moment. Asked whether he would attend the two-day RJD meeting scheduled to be held on May 28 and 29 to discuss the poll debacle, the rebel MLA said that he would not participate in the meeting till his demand (Tejashwi resignation) is met. Yadav, who has been seen in close company of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in the recent past, said Lalu Prasads affection for his family cost the party most and the party (RJD) would not have staged a comeback in the 2015 assembly polls,if RJD would not have stitched an alliance with Kumars JD(U). It was because of Kumar that RJD came to power in 2015 in the state, he said while adding but the party supremo again chose to anoint his both sons as Deputy CM and minister in Nitish Kumar led Grand Alliance government ignoring senior party leaders. When Nitish Kumar parted his ways, RJD chief again foisted his son Tejashwi and wife Rabri Devi as LOP in lower and upper house respectively.
TORONTO — Loblaw is selling its 213 gasoline stations across the country for $540 million to Brookfield Business Partners and its partners.Toronto-based Brookfield will rebrand the stations to Mobil but the stations will continue to use the PC Plus loyalty program offered by Loblaw.This deal will mark the introduction of the Mobil fuel brand in Canada, the companies said in a joint statement.Canadian food deflation is slowing and that should help out the country’s grocers, says new reportsLoblaw plans to open 30 new stores and upgrade more than 500 othersParkland Fuel buys Chevron Canada’s Burnaby refinery, fuel stations in $1.5 billion dealThe proposed deal is subject to certain conditions, but is expected to occur in this year’s third quarter.Brookfield Business Partners says it sees potential for growing the current network of Loblaw-owned gas stations and associated kiosks after the deal closes.Loblaw says it expects the deal will be positive for its customers, gas station operators and the company itself.Canada’s largest operator of grocery and pharmacy stores expects to use proceeds from the sale for its corporate activities.Chevron Corp also sold its Canadian gasoline stations and refinery in British Columbia to Parkland Fuel Corp , a marketer of petroleum products, for $1.46 billion on Tuesday.With files from Reuters