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Sharma, Tytler make peace before Bihar polls

delhi Updated: Mar 21, 2010 23:25 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Hindustan Times
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The crisis in the Bihar Congress appears to have blown over for now after state in-charge Jagdish Tytler and Bihar PCC chief Anil Sharma buried their differences and decided to strengthen the party ahead of assembly elections in October this year.

The compromise, sources said, came after Tytler's meeting with Congress president's political secretary Ahmed Patel on Thursday. He told reporters that there would be no change in the state leadership.

The Congress, which parted ways with Lalu Prasad's RJD ahead of Lok Sabha elections last year, is projecting itself as a major player in the coming elections.

Tytler's statement came as a big relief for Sharma, who has been camping in Delhi over the past few days, awaiting an audience with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Differences between Sharma and Tytler came out in the open when the Bihar unit chief suspended Sadhu Yadav on March 9 for opposing the women's bill but the state in-charge revoked the order within 24 hours.

The state unit is also divided on caste lines. Some leaders from backward castes and Muslims are seeking the removal of Sharma, who belongs to the upper caste on the ground that he has "failed" to unite the party.

This section is also demanding that the Congress project a prominent Muslim face such as former union minister and party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed for the coming elections to attract the minority community, which constitutes about 14 per cent of the population of Bihar.

Former PCC chief Sadanand Singh, CLP leader Ashok Ram, Leader of the Legislative Council Mahachandra Singh, former CLP leader Vijay Shankar Dubey and several MLAs are camping in Delhi to impress upon the party high command to not only remove Sharma and Tytler and put in place a new team ahead of the elections.