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Bihar Congress faces split threat as rebel MLAs veer towards Nitish Kumar

Bihar Congress faces split threat as rebel MLAs veer towards Nitish Kumar

At least 19 Bihar Congress MLAs have urged party Vice President Rahul Gandhi to split from the alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal in the state, The Times of India reported on Friday.

Gandhi summoned all 27 Congress legislators to Delhi for discussion on alliance and the leadership issue.

Another MLA Anand Shankar echoed the similar sentiment and said that everyone gave their suggestions. "It was the Congress-led governments who have brought Right to Information Act, Right to Service Act, Vanavasi Rights Act, Food Security Act, Employment Guarantee programme".

"From the 26th, the day when the Mahagathbandhan was broken, such allegations are being made against our party".

The Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) president Ashok Choudhary on Thursday blamed some top Congress leaders in New Delhi for planting stories about an "imminent split in the party". Chaudhary, a Dalit face of the Congress and an education minister in the previous government, denied the accusation as "false propaganda".

The Congress Vice President is now grappling with the party's sliding electoral graph after a series of defeats. Though during his earlier visits, Rahul had met only the top leaders, this time around it is aimed at bringing the masses and party workers together, while championing the cause of farmers.

Chaudhary also said that "MLAs and the rank and file of the party are not comfortable with Lalu Prasad". He also said that the leaders spreading these rumors are behind the crises of the party in Bihar. He later allied with the BJP and was sworn in as the chief minister again.

However, on Monday, Nitish indicated that all was not well within the Congress. But he went after the other 10 per cent and not after those 90 per cent, he said.

Central office bearers have held two meetings with state Congress leaders and legislators in less than 24 hours in the absence of state president Ashok Chaudhary. There are speculations that Chaudhary has support of 14 Congress MLAs and four MLCs in Bihar, but they need four more MLAs to escape anti-defection law for crossing over to JD (U). Political observers said Nitish kept these berths vacant just to lure the dissident MLAs of Congress. "Congress is a national party and it should not be dictated by RJD", TOI quoted the Bhagalpur Congress MLA as saying.

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