Within the first open assault in opposition to the Congress for its poor present within the Bihar meeting polls, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) nationwide vice chairman Shivanand Tiwary on Sunday took purpose at Rahul Gandhi for vacationing in Shimla amid the electoral battle at the same time as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a dozen rallies.
Tiwary, an outspoken chief, additionally slammed the Congress as “a non-serious participant”.
Rahul Gandhi addressed solely eight rallies all through the three-week lengthy ballot marketing campaign for the three-phase election, which ended on November 7.
The Congress gained solely 19 seats out of 70 seats it contested. It has led to heartburn within the RJD-led Grand Alliance (GA) that the coalition misplaced out to the ruling NDA by a slender margin to succeed in the bulk determine of 122 MLAs due to the grand previous occasion’s low strike charge in successful seats.
“Rahul Gandhi is way youthful than Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However Modi addressed extra rallies than Gandhi. The Congress took as many as 70 seats in seat sharing however didn’t do 70 rallies. The occasion’s effort within the polls matching the variety of seats it contested was completely missing in Bihar this time. Gandhi was picnicking at his sister’s place in Shimla when elections have been on. Is that this the best way a celebration is run? The Congress’s non-serious strategy in working the occasion solely provides room for making allegations that the nationwide occasion is simply serving to the BJP,” he mentioned.
He additionally took potshots on the Congress chief for the occasion’s poor present in Uttar Pradesh meeting election in 2017 when Gandhi in alliance with Samajwadi Occasion( SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav had managed to win 54 seats out of 403 seats.
The senior chief maintained the Congress high management was not adapting to modifications or listening to even senior leaders for organisational overhaul highlighting how 23 senior occasion leaders together with Ghulam Nabi Azad, Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tiwari had written to the occasion president Sonia Gandhi for bringing in sweeping modifications. “However what occurred? Nothing. There was no change in Congress’ manner of functioning,” he mentioned.
Tiwary, who’s former Rajya Sabha MP and former minister, additionally was unsparing about his assault in opposition to Priyanka Gandhi saying her focus in Uttar Pradesh as AICC normal secretary has not lower a lot ice. “Within the bye-election in 4 seats in UP not too long ago, Congress candidates misplaced their deposits in 4 seats out of seven seats the place polls have been held. So how has Priyanka been capable of shore up the occasion’s sagging ballot fortunes in UP?” he requested.
Regardless of his scathing criticism, Tiwary asserted his utterances in opposition to the Congress shouldn’t be perceived as that of a RJD nationwide vice chairman’s alone but additionally as that of a senior politician of the state who has spent 50 years in politics for social justice, democratic values and civil rights.
“We wish the Congress to get stronger. Right this moment, democracy is at risk particularly the best way civil liberties are being curbed and democratic voices are being suppressed within the nation below the BJP rule. However I really feel the Congress isn’t making any concerted effort on this course. As a celebration, Congress should study from the BJP of being accommodative in direction of allies like re-electing chief minister Nitish Kumar to the highest put up regardless of JD(U) successful solely 43 seats and bringing on board smaller allies like VIP and HAM,” he mentioned.
He additionally mentioned that even Bihar Congress leaders at the moment are acknowledging there have been massive errors in candidate choice. “Congress leaders at this time staged dharna. A piece of occasion leaders at the moment are admitting it was fallacious choice and defective marketing campaign that led to the occasion’s poor present,” Tiwary mentioned.
The RJD had been muted to date in blaming the Congress for the GA’s failure to succeed in the midway mark with chief of the opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav saying all allies have labored collectively. However the CPI-ML (liberation), a serious Left occasion within the state which gained 12 seats as GA companion this time, has already put the Congress within the dock for the alliance’s debacle.
“Congress had a low strike charge and it seems the occasion didn’t select its candidates and carried the ballot marketing campaign as desired. The Congress should evaluate its shortcomings,” mentioned CPI ML normal secretary Dipankar Bhattarcharya not too long ago.
The indicators of inside wrangling within the GA are coming to the fore and the relations between RJD and Congress may now come below rising pressure.