Congress revamp for Bihar Assembly Polls: too little too late

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Congress revamp for Bihar Assembly Polls: too little too late

With an eye on the upcoming Assembly polls in Bihar, Congress has gone ahead and revamped the top brass of its Bihar Congress unit.

Congress has been losing ground steadily in Bihar. From the reign of total dominance in 1970s and 1980s, it was reduced to not even being the third runner-up in last elections. To add to the woes, the Congress preparations for Bihar 2010 Assembly Elections started on the wrong foot. It’s Bihar state unit chief Anil Sharma and party in-charge Jagdish Tytler had been at loggerheads for quite sometime. Naturally dissent was growing amongst the cadre and Congress was expected to take some action.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi went ahead and did the obvious thing. She removed both the quarreling leaders and replaced them with new faces. Mehboob Ali Kaiser, a three-time MLA from Saharsa, has been made the State unit chief, while Congress party’s general secretary and Union minister Mukul Wasnik has been made the state in-charge. However, the changes in just the top two posts is unlikely to change anything for the Congress.

In general, people of Bihar have moved away from the Congress as can be seen in some recent Bihar Assembly election results. To make their work harder, Congress has decided to go to the polls alone this year. They will not be doing any seat sharing arrangements with Laloo Prasad’s RJD. The reason behind this can be their good showing in Uttar Pradesh polls, were they went alone and managed to do quite well.

Despite the recent changes, it is still widely believed that a lot of changes will be seen in the party structure in the days leading to the polls in Oct. Congress has already hinted that it would be looking forward to get its support base strengthened with the Muslims and the Dalits.

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