Patna: As widely expected in the aftermath of the collapse of the rag-tag government otherwise known as the 'Mahagathbandhan' administration forged by Janata Dal – U, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, the Congress President, on Tuesday removed Ashok Kumar Chowdhary from the party's state President post while also dissolving all the committees in Bihar.
Chowdhary, who was made the party state President of Bihar in 2013, was unceremoniously removed from his post as the party high command blamed him for trying to cause a split in Bihar with Chowdhary leading the faction opposed to having any ties with RJD's Lalu Prasad Yadav.
As Nitish Kumar walked away from the Mahagathbandhan citing irrevocable differences with Lalu Prasad Yadav and his two sons following CBI raids at their homes early July, Congress leaders in Delhi blamed the former Education Minister for doing a poor job in Bihar while also failing to keep the party leaders in line as rumors spread of him possibly ditching Congress and joining JD-U along with a dozen or so other Congress leaders in the state.
Chowdhary was replaced by Kaukab Qadri who will act as the acting President of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) until a permanent replacement is found.
"Some of my party leaders sitting in Delhi have waged a whispering campaign against me 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 some in the party who want me to be sidelined and therefore, are spreading rumors about me," the former Education Minister had said earlier this month.
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 September 6 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 in Bihar.
Among the names being tossed out for the post of BPCC President, legislator Dilip Chowdhary is said to be leading the race with names of Munna Tiwari and Tanvir Akhtar also in the mix, sources said.