Some top Cong leaders to blame for party split story: BPCC chief


"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".

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.

Anguished by the spectre of defections, Rahul has told the Bihar MLAs that allegiance to ideology was a much bigger issue than loyalty to the party and, hence, there should be no inclination towards chief minister Nitish Kumar after he slipped into the BJP's embrace.

Amid speculation of a split in Bihar Congress, Rahul Gandhi summoned all Member of Legislative Assembly and Member of Legislative Council to Delhi on Wednesday for one-on-one chats.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

Bihar congress president Ashok Choudhary on Thursday alleged that a few senior party leaders are orchestrating allegations against him.

Some MLAs confessed to Rahul that they had thought of defecting because the state chief reasoned with them about the futility of staying with Lalu Prasad. "They can only say I am splitting the party". He believes that if needed, the Congress can ally with the Rashtriya Janata Dal ahead of the 2019 elections to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Rahul Gandhi met several party legislators from the state on Wednesday and Thursday amid reports that a rebellion was brewing in the Congress' Bihar unit.

Meanwhile, Chowdhary accused "those sitting in Delhi" of conspiring against him by spreading rumors that he was engineering a split in the party.

Nitish dumped the Mahagathbandhan of Congress-RJD-JD (U) in July and formed a coalition government with BJP.

Other Bihar Congress lawmakers also spoke about Lalu's diminishing powers and his waning Muslim-Yadav support.

However denying the rumours of a split in Congress Bihar, the party spokesperson Premchandra Mishra said "JD (U)'s efforts to engineer a split in the party have been futile, they (Chaudhary and Singh) had got the support of 14 MLAs and four MLCs for crossing over to JD (U)".

Gandhi will visit Maharashtra on Friday and then travel to Jammu on Sunday as part of the Congress delegation that also includes former PM Manmohan Singh, before leaving for the US. Any delay in the decision will give enough room to the RJD chief and force the Congress to accept whatever he offers, they told Gandhi.