Bihar polls: Some leaders really feel Congress removed from hitting prime gear

New Delhi, August 30

Amid a turmoil throughout the Congress, some leaders really feel the occasion is much from hitting prime gear in getting ready for the Bihar meeting polls, however senior occasion functionaries concerned in strategising for the elections are assured of sealing an alliance with “like-minded parties” quickly and placing up present.

The meeting elections in Bihar are prone to be held on time in October-November regardless of calls for by some political events for suspending the polls in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. These elections are being seen as the following massive political combat between the BJP-led NDA and a mixed opposition pressure.

While the Congress as such just isn’t ready to steer the opposition alliance in Bihar with its ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) having a comparatively a lot bigger base, some throughout the occasion really feel its electoral and even seat-bargaining prospects might take successful because of the ongoing turmoil over the central management and different organisational points raised by a gaggle of leaders.

The appointed occasion workplace bearers, nevertheless, asserted that the controversy surrounding the letter written by 23 leaders to occasion chief Sonia Gandhi looking for organisational modifications will, by no means, affect the occasion’s preparations for the Bihar polls.

Also, all events have to evolve novel marketing campaign methods for an election to be held underneath the coronavirus pandemic protocols.

Various political equations are additionally altering quick with all eyes glued as to if Nitish Kumar, who has been on the helm for about 15 years barring a short interval when Jitan Ram Manjhi changed him, will maintain his floor or get challenged by the opposition ‘grand alliance’.

But cracks have begun showing within the opposition grand alliance with Hindustani Awam Morcha’s Manjhi already exiting the group.

Asked concerning the alliance and seat-sharing talks within the opposition camp, AICC in-charge for Bihar, Shaktisinh Gohil, stated they have been shifting in the best path and “appropriate things happen at an appropriate time”.

“We want all like-minded parties to fight together and work is moving in that direction. I am confident that in every good atmosphere we will have an alliance,” he advised PTI.

Asked if Rahul Gandhi will lead the marketing campaign within the Bihar polls, Gohil stated his management is for the entire nation and “we would want him to give maximum time in Bihar”.

On the controversy surrounding the letter by the ‘group of 23’ and whether or not it has taken the occasion’s focus away from polls, he stated this is not going to have an effect on the Bihar elections.

“The Congress has internal democracy under which this happened, it (letter) should not have been leaked to the media and should not have panned out the way it did. But after the CWC meeting, it is not an issue and will not impact (preparations for) Bihar polls,” Gohil stated.

Congress’ Bihar unit chief Madan Mohan Jha echoed Gohil’s views on the letter written to the Congress chief, saying it is not going to affect polls preparations.

He stated talks for seat-sharing have been on and an alliance might be quickly finalised.

Asked if it was sure the Congress would contest greater than the 41 seats it had fought within the final meeting polls, he answered within the affirmative.

“(RLSP’s Upendra) Kushwaha ji will be there, (Vikassheel Insaan Party’s Mukesh) Sahni ji will be there and new partners could join us,” he advised PTI, with out elaborating.

Sources stated Congress will even maintain a slew of digital rallies within the coming weeks.

However, not all Congress leaders from Bihar really feel the occasion is battle-ready for the polls.

Kirti Azad, a senior occasion chief from Bihar, stated the marketing campaign ought to have been within the prime gear already, however that’s “unfortunately not there” for the Congress.

“There are a lot of disadvantages at the moment. One is that you cannot go and hold public meetings, you have to do virtual meetings. The BJP is far ahead because they have been doing this, they have got the money, they have got the system and had started in June,” he advised PTI.

Azad, who converted from the BJP to the Congress forward of Lok Sabha polls final 12 months, additionally indicated that he was not being saved within the loop relating to the strategising for polls.

Bihar Congress’ working president Kaukab Quadri additionally stated the occasion’s preparations weren’t on top of things and it was lagging behind opponents.

“There was a need to bring about changes after assessment of the result of Lok Sabha polls in Bihar. But that did not happen. Despite such a grand alliance, we neither got seats nor the vote percentage we expected,” he advised PTI.

He stated the occasion now must concentrate on finalising seat-sharing quickly and choose applicable candidates holding in thoughts dynamics of seats to show the fortunes round for the occasion.

He additionally solid aspersions on the Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samta Party’s loyalty to the grand alliance, saying there is no such thing as a assure it is not going to go over to the BJP after the polls.

“Leave alone top gear, we are in the ‘neutral’ and when we are applying gears, we are applying reverse,” Quadri stated in a lighter vein concerning the occasion’s preparations.

In the 2015 polls, the Congress had gained 27 out of the 41 seats it contested whereas the JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance secured 178 seats within the 243-member meeting. The RJD had emerged the chief of the pack with 80 seats whereas JD(U) bagged 71, each of whom had contested 101 seats every.

While Nitish Kumar turned chief minister of the grand alliance authorities after the 2015 polls, he and his occasion later switched sides to hitch the NDA in 2017.

The time period of the Bihar meeting involves an finish on November 29. PTI

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