Bihar: Congress seeks revival with mega membership campaign 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 rifts with ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

“Everyone must be trained [for]…the digital membership campaign, which is the most authentic way to have the database of active workers down to kiosk levels. It’s a bit technical and therefore everyone running the campaign needs to be tech-savvy,” Congress leader K Raju told a group of officials, including state party leader Madan Mohan. Jha.

Raju, who heads the Scheduled Caste Department of Congress, has called for stepping up the membership drive for the party to re-emerge as a political force in the state. He asked the party leaders to strengthen the organization of the Congress to obtain a maximum of seats in the assembly and regain the confidence of the people.

Raju, who is considered close to former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, cited recent political developments and added that they made it clear that the party would stand alone in future elections.

The comments came days after the RJD on Sunday announced 20 candidates for the Legislative Council elections while awarding a seat to the Communist Party of India. Congress is believed to be considering contesting the 24 seats on its own.

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

The disputes between Yadav and the Congress are believed to have started after the national party was only able to win 19 of the 70 seats allocated to it in the 2020 assembly elections.

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

Congress General Secretary Tariq Anwar also called on party workers to reach out to all households in the state and motivate them to join the party to help defeat the communal forces that are there to stir up hatred . “Congress also needs to educate people about the design of opportunistic parties to fragment society along different lines,” Anwar said.

Rajya Sabha member Ripun Bora, who was appointed returning officer to oversee the membership drive, hailed the party’s efforts to strengthen the organization. He hopes that the goal of 3.2 million active members will be reached by the end of this month.


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    Subhash Pathak is Special Correspondent of Hindustan Times with over 15 years of journalism experience, covering issues related to governance, legislature, police, Maoism, urban and road infrastructure in Bihar and Jharkhand.
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