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Accusations fly as Bihar Cong leaders dispute membership drive, delegates’ election

Continuing their tirade against each other, which saw a clash at the Bihar Congress headquarters on October 9, BPCC acting chief Kaukab Quadri and ex-chief Ashok Choudhary, again traded charges on Wednesday.

patna Updated: Oct 11, 2017 20:48 IST
Subhash Pathak
Subhash Pathak
Hindustan Times, Patna
BPCC acting chief,Kaukab Quadri,Press conference
Bihar pradesh Congress committee acting chief Kaukab Quadri talking to media in Patna on Wednesday. (Santosh/HT photo )

Factional feud in the Bihar Congress remained unabated, with officiating chief of the party Kaukab Quadri and his predecessor Ashok Choudhary locking horns over the just concluded membership drive and subsequent election of the state delegates.

The dispute over election of delegates had, on Monday, led to a brawl at the party’s headquarters which was also witness to alleged shouting of slogans in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A five-member panel, headed by former minister Jyoti has been set up to probe the incident.

Talking to media persons, Quadri, on Wednesday, dismissed as incorrect Choudhary’s allegation that discrepancies had marred the election of PCC delegates and claimed Choudhary had no locus standi to dispute the election in public.

“If he had any grievance with the election processes, he or for that matter any other leader had the appropriate party platform to raise the issue,” said Quadri.

“The way he (Choudhary) sought to disrupt the meeting of delegates at a time when important party decisions were being taken might amount to breach of discipline. A committee has been constituted to inquire into the matter,” said Quadri, claiming anomalies in the membership drive during Choudhary’s tenure.

“The BPCC office had records of only 4.70 lakh members against the cash deposit for over 16 lakh members”, he said.

Choudhary, however,claimed the membership issue had been resolved and settled by the member of Central election author of the party, Madhusudan Mistry, and Pradesh returning officer (PRO) Pradip Bhattacharya.

The former BPCC chief claimed that there was glaring inconsistency in the list genuinely elected delegates and the ones declared elected. “There were some delegates who did not participate in the membership drive and those who enrolled in thousands were left out,” claimed Choudhary.

Quadri said the party would join in the Sri Krishna Singh’s birth anniversary programme being organised by former Union minister Akhilesh Prasad Singh on October 21 at the newly built Bapu auditorium at Gyan Bhawan. RJD chief Lalu Prasas had also been invited in the programme.

First Published: Oct 11, 2017 20:48 IST