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Sonia breaks silence over Bihar

The Congress President had a veiled message for both Paswan and Lalu.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2005 04:35 IST

Breaking her silence on the Bihar defeat, Sonia Gandhi on Friday had a veiled message for both LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad implying that division between them was responsible for the "disappointing results".

In an apparent reference to Paswan, whose party contested the polls separately despite being part of the UPA at the Centre, she told the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting that the result was "a signal for secular forces to remain united to more effectively propagate the principles of equity, democracy and development".

Her reference to "development" during the address to the general body of the CPP was also seen as a criticism of Lalu Prasad under whose leadership the Congress fought the Bihar polls.

Gandhi, who is also the CPP Chairperson, however, said that the big challenge ahead in Bihar lay "many opportunities" for strengthening the organisation.

After the brief reference to Bihar, she turned to the next round of Assembly polls due in five states including West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu early next year saying it was time for preparing the organisation for them.

The AICC Plenary, she said, was being held from January 20 to 22 in Hyderabad and this would provide an occasion for imparting a new momentum to the organisation.

First Published: Nov 25, 2005 20:09 IST