Congress Party in a Tailspin; More Leaders Join JD-U

Former Congress leader Ashok Kumar Chowdhary with over two dozen other Congress leaders who joined JD-U on Sunday.

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Patna: Bihar Congress, under the leadership of Kaukab Qadri, continued to fall apart at the seams as more than two dozen supporters of former Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) President Ashok Kumar Chowdhary quit the party and joined Janata Dal – U in the presence of senior party leaders.

Claiming Congress in Bihar was near extinct under the poor leadership of Qadri, Chowdhary said that the party he previously belonged to had lost its way in the lack of a charismatic leader as Qadri neither had the vision nor he had the required skills to strengthen the party by appealing to a broad section of the population.

Alleging workers were being mistreated within the Congress Party, the Education Minister in the previous Grand Alliance government said that his leaving the party along with over two dozen others was just the beginning of a massive exodus from the party as many of the party leaders had confided in him about their decision to join hands with the JD-U in the coming days.

Qadri, however, downplayed the departure of Chowdhary and others saying they had zero contribution in the party and no one was going to miss them as Congress was more than just a person.

"Nitish Kumar took him in because he needed a dalit face in the party following the departure of Jitan Ram Manjhi. Besides that, there is no real value of Chowdhary," the BPCC chief said.

Earlier today, Qadri held a meeting with RJD leader and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi at her residence to work out seat-sharing arrangement for the upcoming Rajya Sabha and Bihar Legislative Council elections.

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