Infighting in Congress intensified on Wednesday when Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury lashed out at Kapil Sibal for criticism of the party in view of poor show in recently held Bihar elections. Chowdhury said Sibal did not even campaign for the party in either Bihar or Madhya Pradesh, but he is talking about introspection. He said had he gone to these states and strengthened the party position, he would have been able to prove what he was saying was right. He said mere talk does not work. Chowdhury added that Sibal was close to party’s top leaders and could raise his concerns with them instead of embarrassing the party in public. He said if Sibal feels the Congress is not the right place for him, he can form a new party or join another one.
Sibal is yet to respond to Chowdhury’s remarks, but sources close to him have said he is surprised by the attack since most of the G23 leaders were not in the party’s list of campaigners for Bihar elections in the first place. They said that the leaders could not even go the the state for campaigning themselves unless party leadership requested them officially.
It is important to note that G-23 refers to 23 dissenters who had written a letter to the party back in August which had triggered a massive strorm in the party. As a result of which, the dissenters had ended up losing various positions they held.
Congress, which fought the election in alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal and Left parties, had a disastrous run in the election. The party managed to win only 19 seats out of the 70 it contested upon as part of Mahagathbandhan. NDA won the majority in the election with Nitish Kumar taking oath as the chief minister.