PATNA: Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday strongly condemned Nitish Kumar’s decision
to sever ties with ‘Mahagathbandhan’ as betrayal of people’s mandate and termed the formation of a new
government in the state with the BJP as an “unholy alliance”.
Scindia asserted that the party would vehemently oppose the unholy alliance.
Scindia, who along with J P Agarwal held a meeting with party office bearers at Sadaquat Ashram here,
came down heavily on JD(U) president Nitish Kumar for deserting the grand alliance and joining hands
with BJP. Although, he did not name Kumar during his press conference.
“People gave mandate for five years to Grand alliance of which Congress, JD(U) and RJD were partners.
It was the responsibility of GA to live upto the expectations of people but due to some reasons…There
are people who used to comment (criticize) on the BJP and BJP used to comment on them. Sensing the
opportunity, they deserted the grand alliance and formed an unholy alliance,” Scindia told reporters
The party would vehemently oppose the person who can stoop to any level to grab the power, Scindia said
in an oblique reference to Kumar.
He said that “Our party workers and leaders will take it (betrayal) to the every village, panchayat and
ward in urban areas telling people about the unholy alliance.”
Asked about the charge that Congress could have saved the alliance, he said that there is no point in
discussing or conducting post-mortem on the issue that has already happened.
“Because it was a wrong decision (severing ties with grand alliance) and against the people’s mandate
and that’s why it is an ‘adharm ka gathbandhan” (unholy alliance),” he said.
In reply to a query as whether Congress will remain in alliance with RJD, Scindia said that “Right now,
it is our (Scindia and Agarwal) responsibility to have a discussion with party office bearers, MLAs,
MLCs, frontal organisations… So far as alliance is concerned, the decision has to be taken by local
leadership, party in-charge and top leadership.”
In reply to a query, the senior Congress leader said that “effecting defections and splits in parties
are in BJP’s DNA.”
Scotching off rumours that his MLAs can also defect, he said that “Let me put a full stop on the
rumours milling around… my all MLAs are sitting in front of you (media persons) and are committed to
work for the party.”
Though, party sources said only 18 out of 27 MLAs attended today’s meeting chaired by Scindia.
Scindia, however, did not entertain any other questions such as whether or not his party would
participate in RJD’s proposed August 27 rally in Patna.
Bihar Congress chief Ashok Choudhary said the party has resolved to oppose the state government and
will agitate right from block to state headquarters level to uproot it.
He announced that the party will hold a massive rally in Patna after Dussehra.
Earlier in the day, the party held a meeting in which two resolutions were passed which was read out by
the Congress Legislature Party leader Sadanand Singh during media interaction.
In the resolution, the party said that the massive mandate people gave to the grand alliance by
defeating communal forces but the JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar betrayed the people by joining hands with
the same communal forces.
The Congress legislature party strongly condemns the JD(U)’s decision, Singh said and added that the
party has also resolved to raise the issue of betrayal with the people’s mandate, both inside and
outside the House.
Senior Congress leaders from Bihar like Shakeel Ahmad Khan, Awadhesh Kumar Singh, Madan Mohan Jha,
Vijay Shankar Dubey, Ashok Kumar and others were also present on the occasion.