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AICC brass now faces poaching plots in Bihar

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NEW DELHI: Congress’ poor present within the Bihar polls has triggered inner warnings that a lot of its 19 leaders who’ve been elected could have come beneath the poaching radar of BJP and JDU, even because the social gathering faces the by now-familiar post-debacle spats.

The AICC, reeling beneath the luggage of the electoral reversal, seems groping in the dead of night on how one can avert a potential desertion and is contemplating dispatching representatives to Patna or inviting MLAs to Delhi for a gathering after chhath puja, in keeping with a senior functionary.

“We are aware that both BJP and JDU are working to poach some of our MLAs. There are some internal issues. After chhath (November 21), may be somebody will be sent to Patna or a meeting of our MLAs would be arranged here,” the chief stated. “We have to work out the schedule keeping in mind the schedule of first session of the new assembly.”

Sources stated some senior Congress leaders right here have already acquired suggestions from the state social gathering circles in regards to the brewing disaster. The quarrel on the assembly of the brand new Congress MLAs final Friday, the place Ajeet Sharma was appointed CLP chief braving protests from supporters of Vijay Shankar Dubey and Siddharth Saurav, many now really feel is only the start.

Congress circles know with Nitish Kumar’s JDU eager to reinforce its place from the present 43 MLAs and BJP equally decided to additional consolidate its numerical benefit within the meeting, the Congress MLAs are going through “competitive bidding” from the 2 ruling allies.

A senior Bihar Congress chief stated: “After MLAs take oath on November 23, solely two issues matter — when would BJP or JDU resolve to start out the poaching and whether or not it could be wholesale or retail defection.”

In the final meeting, after Kumar crossed over from grand alliance to BJP, the then PCC chief and a few Congress legislators had defected, and sources stated, a few of those that had then signed up for JDU however stayed again are nonetheless among the many new Congress MLAs.

Expressing dismay over the persevering with drift of the social gathering and the failure to take remedial steps, Congress’ Vivek Tanka, who was among the many change seekers who had written to Sonia Gandhi final August, instructed ET on Monday: “Unless Congress gets its act together, not only the party but the very democracy of our country will be in crisis. BJP has already captured many institutions. If Congress leadership still can’t get its act together, it would lead to bigger disasters.” Congress MP Karti Chidambaram tweeted: “It is time we retrospect, ideate, consult and act.”

As Kapil Sibal set free his feeling, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot tried harm management by advocating that social gathering issues be mentioned internally. “Congress has seen various crises, including 1969, 1977, 1989 and later in the 1996 but every time we came out stronger due to our ideology, programmes, policies and firm belief in party leadership,” Gehlot tweeted. The camp of change seekers, which on Sunday refuted claims that it had despatched a second letter to the social gathering chief, now feels even a token CWC assembly (for which a transfer has began) “to demonstrate loyalty and stifle discussion” can be meaningless.


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