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Bihar: Congress seeks revival with mega membership drive amid rift with RJD

Bihar: Congress seeks revival with mega membership drive amid rift with RJD


PATNA: The Congress has launched a membership drive in Bihar with a target of having 3.2 million active members by the end of this month amid growing differences with the ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

“Everyone needs to be trained [for]…digital membership drive, which is the most authentic way of having the database of active workers up to the booth levels. This is slightly technical and hence all those spearheading the drive have to be tech-savvy,” Congress leader K Raju told a group of functionaries, including state party chief Madan Mohan Jha .

Raju, who heads the Congress’s Scheduled Castes Department, called for intensifying the membership drive for the party to re-emerge as a political force in the state. He asked the party leaders to strengthen the Congress organisation to get maximum seats in the assembly by winning back the people’s trust.

Raju, who is considered close to former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, cited recent political developments and added they make it clear that the party will contest future elections on its own.

The comments came days after the RJD on Sunday announced 20 candidates for the legislative council polls while allotting a seat to the Communist Party of India. Congress is believed to be planning to contest all 24 seats alone.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said they decided to contest a majority of seats as per the wishes of the party and its supporters. He added they are with Congress ideologically, but regional parties such as RJD, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party should be in the driver’s seat at the local level.

Yadav’s differences with the Congress are believed to have begun after the national party could win just 19 out of the 70 seats it was allotted in the 2020 assembly elections.

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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has called Congress’s dismal performance in the 2020 polls one of the factors that frustrated their alliance’s chances to form the government.

Congress general secretary Tariq Anwar has also asked the party workers to reach out to every household in the state and motivate them to join the party to help defeat the communal forces are out to fan hatred. “The Congress also needs to make people aware about the design of opportunistic parties to fragment the society on different lines,” said Anwar.

Rajya Sabha member Ripun Bora, who has been named as the returning officer to supervise the membership drive, lauded the party’s efforts to strengthen the organisation. He hoped the target of having 3.2 million active members would be crossed by the end of this month.


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