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Bihar Congress Chief Ashok Choudhary calls on Sonia Gandhi amid split rumours

As per state Congress insiders, most leaders are unhappy with the central leadership for its decision to back RJD chief Lalu Prasad wholeheartedly.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Sep 01, 2017, 04.04 PM IST
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“We discussed strategies to strengthen our state party organisation,” Choudhary told ET on phone, refusing to share anything more regarding the party’s future political strategies.
“We discussed strategies to strengthen our state party organisation,” Choudhary told ET on phone, refusing to share anything more regarding the party’s future political strategies.
NEW DELHI: Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Choudhary and Congress legislature party leader Sadanand Singh met party president Sonia Gandhi in the national capital on Thursday amid rumours of split .

“We discussed strategies to strengthen our state party organisation,” Choudhary told ET on phone, refusing to share anything more regarding the party’s future political strategies. Over two weeks ago, two Congress leaders, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Jaiprakash Agrawal, had met MLAs in Patna, seeking their views on the political scenario in Patna.

As per state Congress insiders, most leaders are unhappy with the central leadership for its decision to back RJD chief Lalu Prasad wholeheartedly. There is a strong fear in the BPCC camp that Prasad might not allow Congress to expand its base among Muslim voters.

“Under seat-sharing arrangement with RJD in the past, we never got seats with considerable Muslim population. Because of our weak organisation set-up, we have failed to assert our position on winnable seats,” a state leader said.

Recalling the party’s experience during the 2014 polls, the leader added: “As an ally of RJD, it is very difficult to bag upper caste votes. So, if Congress gets a seat dominated by upper caste voters, the result is anyone’s guess.”

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