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Will Congress go it alone in Bihar elections?

Will Congress go it alone in Bihar elections?

While the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), a fringe party in Bihar, has expressed its unhappiness over the non-formation of a coordination panel in the grand alliance of opposition parties for the upcoming Assembly elections, the Congress is contemplating its own course of fighting the elections separately.

Though no Congress leader has openly said anything so far, the party has become active in Bihar after the virtual meeting of the leaders with former Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The party seems to be working on the principle of 'Ekla Chalo Re' (walk alone) or moving towards the strategy to contest the elections on its own.

The party's Bihar in-charge, Shakti Singh Gohil, met with party leaders in Patna yesterday and discussed the strategy with the members of the election campaign committee.

Besides, several senior Congress leaders, including Gohil and Campaign Committee Chairman and Rajya Sabha MP Akhilesh Singh, met Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi late on yesterday evening.

Congress sources said that the party hoped a joint meeting will be called to discuss election strategy within the first fortnight of July, but it has not happened yet.

Till now, neither the Congress has been given any indication regarding the meeting, nor has any official information been given about the meeting in the near future. Most of the Congressmen are unhappy with this attitude of the RJD, the sources added.

A Congress leader, on the condition of anonymity, said that the party does not want a repeat of the situation which had arisen due to the delay in seat-sharing in the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The Congress sources said that the party wants consensus on all issues with its allies.

Sources further said that the resentment with the RJD was palpable even in the Congress Election Committee meeting. Most of the Congress members accused the RJD of cheating when it came to seat-sharing at the time of elections.

Akhilesh Singh said that all parties are busy making their own strategies, and the Congress is also doing the same. He said it is too early to say anything. However, he also said that the Grand Alliance is united and everything will be decided in a fortnight's time.

Meanwhile, Lallan Kumar, a member of the Election Campaign Committee, and former President of Bihar Pradesh Youth Congress said, "The Congress is in favor of jointly contesting the elections to remove the BJP-JDU government in Bihar."

He said there is democracy in the Congress and all the people speak openly at the party forum. The same happened at the meeting with Rahul Gandhi, where everyone put forward their views.

He also said that the party has already started preparing for the elections following instructions by the Congress high command..