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Cong has scientific plan for Bihar polls

india Updated: Apr 02, 2010 23:35 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Hindustan Times
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Seeking a revival of its fortunes in Bihar after about 20 years, the Congress has adopted a scientific approach to fight the assembly elections due October later this year.

The party has documented every minute detail for the 243 assembly constituencies in the state, a move inspired by the functioning of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

From caste demographics to background check on potential candidates besides the electoral history of each constituency, it has collected all the details and chalked out a comprehensive plan to take on the Janata Dal (United)-Bharatiya Janata Party ruling coalition and the Rashtriya Janata Dal-Lok Janashakti Party combine.

“Our focus is on both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad (RJD boss),” said Jagdish Tytler, party in-charge of Bihar.

As a first step, the party is targeting 123 seats required to form a government. The party strategists are working on consolidating the position on seats where the party stood second (about 27 seats). The party has 11 seats in the present house.

They will direct their attention to 17 seats won by independents and 30 others where independents were the runners up. Their focus would also be on 97 seats where the margin between the winner and loser was less and on the remaining seats they are gearing up for a direct fight with either JD(U)-BJP or RJD-LJP alliances.

The party has allocated a booth in all 38 districts to four people who would highlight ‘achievements’ of the Central government and ‘failures’ of the Nitish Kumar regime.

“We will definitely form the next government,” Tytler said. “There is an overwhelming response to our membership drive. It has crossed 14 lakh so far. People are coming to Congress as others have failed them.”