In the middle of the blame game, the MLA of Congress in Bihar authorize the high command to nominate the leader of the CLP
Amid an ongoing blame game over the party’s humiliating performance in Bihar’s assembly elections, newly elected congressional lawmakers on Friday passed a resolution authorizing the party’s high command to select the leader of the legislative party.
The MLA met for the first time at the headquarters of the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC), Sadaquat Ashram, in the presence of the chairman of the selection committee for the selection of candidates for the Bihar elections, Avinash Pande and the chief minister of Chattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel.
“It is a formality to hold the meeting of the newly elected leaders and seek their opinions on the election of their leader in the assembly in the presence of the central leaders. As the AICC in charge of Bihar Shaktisinh Gohil is ill, Pande has been authorized to hold the meeting. Baghel has been designated as an AICC observer, ”said a senior BPCC official.
BPCC spokesman Harkhu Jha said that all leaders unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the high command to elect the leader of the legislative party in the assembly. “Later, Pandey and Baghel had a one-on-one conversation with the newly elected leaders and sought to hear their idea to reinforce the party’s image in the assembly and in the state,” Jha said.
The central leaders’ visit to Patna takes on considerable importance, as internal dissent over the party’s dismal electoral performance, which only saw 19 of the 70 candidates win, has spread to the Grand Alliance. The leaders of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which emerged as the largest party but failed to return to power due to lack of a majority, also blamed Congress for the Great Alliance debacle.
Former Prime Minister and Hindustani leader Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) Jitan Ram Manjhi’s call to Congress to support current Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also led to speculation of a rift among newly elected lawmakers. HAM-S fought in the elections under the banner of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and won four seats.
The congressional spokesman dismissed any fear of a rift in the legislative party. “Manjhi has lost his credibility and confidence as he has changed his allegiance many times after defecting from Congress,” he said.
Internal disputes in Congress also came to light on Friday when supporters of senior leader Vijay Shankar Dubey and Siddharth (both MLA) resorted to pressure and shoving on the choice of a party leader in the legislature. However, the situation was brought under control with the intervention of senior leaders. Up to 17 of the 19 newly elected leaders were present at the meeting. Maharajganj MLA Vijay Shankar Dubey, Rajesh Ram and Shakeel Khan are said to be in the running for the position of CLP leader.
Meanwhile, the clamor to fix accountability for the party’s crushing defeat grew louder with a section of party leaders firing at the head of the BPCC, Madan Mohan Jha, and the chairman of the BPCC campaign committee, Akhilesh. Prasad Singh. Singh, however, blamed the central leaders, claiming they had hijacked the campaign and refrained from involving local leaders in election campaigns.
The other sections, however, accused Singh of indulging in ticket management for the leaders, who were unfamiliar with the party cadres from the area they were contesting, with the AICC leaders involved in the process. “Leaders like Prem Chandra Mishra, who is one of the prominent faces of the party, were not allowed to campaign anywhere during the elections. AICC Secretary General Tariq Anwar and former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahai participated in the election campaign in some seats, while Akhilesh Prasad Singh and AICC Secretaries Ajay Kapoor and Virendra Rathore held a lightning tour across the state, “said one leader, wishing anonymity. .
AICC member Kishore Kumar Jha alleged that Madan Mohan Jha became helpless when Singh along with AICC leaders prevailed over him in all crucial decisions, from the selection of seats and candidates to the campaign. “They chose candidates who had little connection to the reality of the field. Tickets were distributed on the basis of favoritism and other considerations, while bona fide candidates were completely sidelined. There was no logic behind contesting the seats that are considered pocket districts of the NDA, especially when the party failed to rebuild the organization at the grassroots level during the last four years, ”said the AICC member.
He also said that relying on the team that had completely failed in the last Lok Sabha election was another fault that brought shame to the party.