Nitish’s U-turn, attack on Rahul to dominate Congress Working Committee meeting

The CWC meeting will discuss Nitish Kumar’s yet another political somersault in reviving his ties with the BJP.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2017 23:26 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi with party Vice president Rahul Gandhi (HT File Photo)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s move to dump the grand alliance and renewing his ties with the BJP and the attack on Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat will dominate the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting takes place on the day the results of the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat will come out. Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel is contesting from one of the three seats. While the BJP is certain to win the two berths in the Upper House, Patel’s contest for the third seat has resulted in a slugfest between the Congress and the BJP.

Though not on the agenda circulated among its members, the CWC meeting will discuss threadbare Kumar’s yet another political somersault in reviving his ties with the BJP. Kumar had taken a moral high ground in June 2013 while breaking his 17-year tie with the BJP over the naming of Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

In August 2014, he joined hands with one of his bitter rivals of two decades and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad for assembly by-polls in Bihar after their respective parties were routed in that year’s Lok Sabha elections. The Congress too became a part of the so-called secular formation that went on to win the 2015 Bihar assembly elections.

The attack on the Congress V-P in Gujarat will also figure in the discussions, especially in view of Gandhi’s proposed visits to the home state of the Prime Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah in the run-up to the assembly elections scheduled to be held in November-December this year.

As the meeting takes place on the 75th anniversary of the historic 'Quit India' movement, the CWC is likely to pass a resolution on the issue in a bid to corner the BJP on nationalism. Congress leaders have repeatedly argued that the RSS, which is the ideological mentor of the BJP, was not even a part of the freedom struggle but its leadership continues to give lessons on nationalism.

The meeting will also ratify the recent decisions of setting up new departments.

First Published: Aug 07, 2017 23:26 IST