Congress to go it alone in Bihar elections

Congress will go it alone in the coming Bihar Assembly polls for which party general secretary Rahul Gandhi has already kicked off the election campaign.

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2010, 19:18 PM IST

Patna: Congress will go it alone in the coming
Bihar Assembly polls for which party general secretary Rahul
Gandhi has already kicked off the election campaign.

"We have been ready since long for contesting the Assembly
polls on our own, state Congress chief spokesman Prem Chandra
Mishra told reporters here today.

Gandhi had visited the state on Saturday and Congress
state elections committee would meet here on September 11 to
decide on the electoral strategy for the 243 seats.

Asked about the party`s chief ministerial candidate,
Mishra said Congress does not have the tradition of declaring
the name before the elections.

"In fact, we are going to the polls with the active
support and guidance of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and
Rahul Gandhi, besides Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," he said,
adding Bihar PCC chief Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser would lead
the campaign.

Youths would be given due consideration in the allotment
of tickets keeping in view Rahul Gandhi`s dream of
establishing a government of youths in Bihar, he added.

Paswan welcomes schedule

Welcoming the six-phase poll schedule
for Bihar assembly, Lok
Janashakti Party president Ramvilas Paswan today demanded
steps by the EC to ensure that all booths were manned by
central forces.

Central forces comprising the CRPF and BSF should man
all the polling booths to ensure `free, fair and fear-free
polls`, he told reporters here.

Claiming that people of the state had made up their
minds to ensure that NDA is defeated, Paswan said the RJD-LJP
combine had been in poll mode for the past two months. ``Now
our remove Nitish campaign will be further intensified with
people`s support.``

The NDA government was a failure on all front and issues
like unemployment, poverty, corruption and misgovernance would
rev up the campaign to oust Nitish Kumar.

He accused the state government of failing to handle the
Bihar hostage crisis and alleged that its claim of
establishing rule of law in the state had also been exposed.

-PTI