Bihar Congress chief Ashok Chaudhary was on Monday relieved from his post with immediate effect, AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said. Earlier, The Indian Express had reported that Chaudhary was likely to lose his post of state Congress chief. Chaudhary had said that some senior leaders in Delhi tasked to handle the state’s affairs were “conspiring against him and spreading rumours” that he was trying to split the party.
The report also said that a section of Congress MLAs met party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and have also told him the state chief has little interest in the affairs of the party. There was a buzz that a section of Congress MLAs in Bihar may join Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and this is likely to be anchored by Chaudhary. He had said that rumours of a split engineered by him was an attempt to malign him.
“Senior leaders sitting in Delhi handling Bihar are conspiring against me for the last one year to remove me as PCC president. First, they spoke of a one-man, one-post formula. When I told them I was ready to quit the ministry, they told me to wait till the organisational elections. Now the ministry is not there, they are conspiring against me. What can they do now? They can only say I am splitting the party,” Chaudhary was quoted as saying by IE.
“With the connivance of some people who are not traditional Congressmen… these leaders are conspiring against me,” he said. Chaudhary also held these people responsible for crisis of the party in Bihar. Chaudhary added that party MLAs and the rank and file of the party are not comfortable with Lalu Prasad. He said that he has conveyed the view of the MLAs and the leaders to the Congress president.