Revolt brewing in Bihar Congress

New Delhi : A serious revolt is brewing in the Bihar Congress against the AICC general secretary incharge C P Joshi as the district presidents of the state have threatened to hold an unprecedented demonstration before the AICC headquarters here to demand his immediate removal.

They have also sought the appointment with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi during their trip to Delhi on October 14 and 15 to complain about ‘arrogance’ of Dr Joshi. A Bihar leader said they decided to go public with protest since nothing was done by the party high command even after half a dozen senior party leaders apprised both Sonia and Rahul about the damage he was causing to the party in the state.

Their grouse is that he did nothing for the party since he assumed charge of the state in June last year as he visited Bihar only twice in the past 16 months and spent hardly two hours, first time before the Lok Sabha polls and second time during the Bhagalpur by-elections. They point out that Dr Joshi refuses to meet them even in Delhi and does not even come on phone.

Dr Joshi is, in fact, incharge of two other states of West Bengal and Assam but the party sources say he visited Kolkata only once in the past 16 months and Assam not even once. He, however, tries to throw his weight, claiming that he was doing everything at the behest of Rahul.

The trigger for revolt against Joshi came from his decision to dissolve the PCC and all DCCs in Bihar and claimed he had done so on Rahul’s orders while Rahul denied any such order when some state leaders met him.

The party leadership that somehow withered the recent revolt by a group of the young AICC secretaries is worried that a demonstration by the Bihar leaders before the party headquarters may trigger similar action by leaders from other states that will be seen as a sort of revolt against the leadership itself. Interestingly, Dr Joshi was on the side of the AICC secretaries when they made public statement against some of the general secretaries while he now turns out to be on the receiving end.

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