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BPCC dissolved, Rahul Gandhi urged to lead march in Patna

Aiming to strengthen the party before the 2015 Assembly elections in Bihar, Congress on Tuesday dissolved Bihar PCC and committees in the district and block levels with immediate effect and urged party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to lead a public march here on November 23.

PTI| Updated: Sep 30, 2014, 21:48 PM IST

Patna: Aiming to strengthen the party before the 2015 Assembly elections in Bihar, Congress on Tuesday dissolved Bihar PCC and committees in the district and block levels with immediate effect and urged party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to lead a public march here on November 23.

"Congress president Sonia Gandhi accepted my proposal to dissolve and reconstitute party committees in the state. She has sent an email to continue with the proposal and take appropriate action. We have dissolved BPCC, all district committees and block committees with immediate effect," Bihar Congress president Ashok Chaudhary told reporters.

The BPCC would be reconstituted by December 30 and the dissolved district Congress committees will be formed afresh by November 30 and its block committees by December 15. Till the reconstitution work is completed, the district in-charge of membership campaign will take care of the party's day to day work.

"This time DCC presidents will be allowed to choose block committee presidents. Experience will be given priority in selecting members of BPCC," Chaudhary said.

Reacting to questions on the need to reconstitute the committees, Chaudhary said it was being done because the performance of many of its office-bearers was below expectation. Party leaders who have performed well will be recalled in the reconstituted committees.

The Bihar Congress leader said Rahul Gandhi has been invited to lead 'Samajik Sadbhavana March' in Patna on November 23.

The public march will commence from Gandhi Maidan in the heart of the city and will end at Raj Bhavan about six km away, he said.

"BJP is inciting communal tension and issuing political statements trying to harming social amity after coming to power at the Centre. Ours is a land of communal harmony and we need to counter the BJP designs. The march led by Rahul Gandhi will be aimed at it," he said.

A 28-member-committee has been formed to oversee preparations for the march. Party legislators, former BPCC presidents, Youth Congress office-bearers and NSUI Bihar members will be part of it, Chaudhary added.