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Rahul Gandhi's focus on party rejuvenation in Bihar

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patna, April 18, 2013
First Published: 00:29 IST(18/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:37 IST(18/4/2013)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met party leaders from Bihar and discussed various options of alliance in the state where the ruling NDA is in turmoil after chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar asked BJP to project a "secular" prime ministerial candidate for next Lok Sabha elections.

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Though Bihar leaders maintained that only organisational matters were discussed, sources said the alliance issue too figured prominently in the meeting.

There is a buzz that the JD(U) might snap its ties with the BJP and could align with the Congress.

But a section in the Bihar Congress is of the view that the RJD is a natural ally of their party and that the JD(U) will not leave the NDA with Kumar's "rhetoric on secularism" being only an indication of the ongoing fight in the alliance over the prime ministerial candidate.

During his meeting with newly-appointed state unit chief Ashok Choudhary and CLP leader Sadanand Singh, Gandhi is understood to have asked the state leadership to get its organisational structure fighting fit in next three months.

Before this meeting, Gandhi also met former Bihar Congress chief Mehboob Ali Qaiser.

The leaders were also told to immediately fill various organisational posts for which elections had not been held so far.

Gandhi later held consultations with party leaders from Delhi.

Assembly elections in Delhi are scheduled later this year and the Congress is seeking to retain power for the fourth time.


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