Patna: Congress Party State President and former Education Minister of Bihar Ashok Kumar Chowdhary could be on his way out from his current post as the Congress high command tries to save the party from splitting in Bihar in the wake of the collapse of the Grand Alliance government in the state.
The first sign that Chowdhary might have fallen from the grace of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and his mother and party President Sonia Gandhi came on Wednesday when the party, while summoning all the legislators from Bihar to discuss party's fate in the aftermath of the demise of the Mahagathbandhan, failed to invite the former Education Minister for the meeting sending a wave of speculation that not all was well within the grand old party that continues to play second fiddle to a sinking Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar.
Sources in the party said that the High Command was not happy with the performance of Chowdhary who, they felt, failed to keep the leaders in line after Nitish Kumar resigned from the Grand Alliance thus giving rise to rumors that many of the party legislators were considering ditching the party and cross over to the Janata Dal – U.
With Ashok Kumar Chowdhary in the state Party President post for over four years, it is also believed that the party is looking for a fresh and younger face to attract millennials in what seems to be an old, stale party led by a number of has-beens like Sadanand Singh and Shakeel Ahmed Khan.
Meanwhile, Chowdhary accused 'those sitting in Delhi' of conspiring against him by spreading rumors that he was engineering a split in the party.
"They are telling Rahul Gandhi that I have no interest in Bihar Congress anymore and I am planning to join hands with Nitish Kumar. Of course, this is all untrue but there are certain leaders in the party who want me to be sidelined and therefore, are spreading rumors about me," the former Education Minister said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS