Rahul Gandhi meets Bihar MLAs amid rising fears of party split

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Published: September 7, 2017 10:41:54 AM

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met party legislators from Bihar amid fears of rebellion in the state unit

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met party legislators from Bihar amid fears of rebellion in the state unit. Rahul discussed the political situation there arising out of the collapse of the grand alliance. He stepped in to resolve the faction feud and met MLAs amid reports of at least 14 them planning to leave the party, Indian Express reported. The Congress high command has confirmed that there was an attempt to poach its MLAs but refused to comment on the claims by a section of party leaders that state unit chief Ashok Choudhary was behind the alleged attempt to split the party.

Despite allegations against Choudhary, he continues to enjoy the position of state unit chief. The sources said Gandhi had invited the Congress MLAs to avoid a split in the party, who were feeling uneasy after losing power in the state. At least 10 MLAs met Rahul after Choudhary, on Tuesday had summoned all the party’s 27 MLAs to Delhi. Sources further said that most of the MLAs who met Rahul had already vowed their loyalty to Choudhary.

The sources say that Gandhi had called senior Congress legislators to Delhi in a damage-control exercise to prevent a large section of MLAs from deserting the party, according to PTI. Reports from Bihar suggest that a sizeable number of the 27 Congress MLAs in Bihar Assembly are moving towards Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) after the disintegration of the Grand Alliance last month.

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