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Bihar Results Revive Dissent In Congress, Questions Raised About Gandhis

New Delhi: The dismal performance of the Congress in the Bihar assembly elections has set off yet another wave dissent within the grand old party, which barely managed to keep itself together after a storm of protests four months ago threatened to rip it apart. Senior leaders who are part of the dissenters’ group, said, “The Congress’s performance is being seen as what dragged the Grand Alliance with Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Left parties down to the ground”. The Congress won only in 19 of the 70 seats it contested — a huge contrast to the 75 of the 144 seats won by the RJD. Even the marginalized CPI-ML, which was part of the alliance, won 12 of the 19 seats it contested, pushing Congress to the bottom of the list in terms of strike rate. Officially, leaders responsible for handling the Bihar elections attributed it to “bad ticket distribution, the AIMIM factor and polarization of votes in the third and final phase of voting”. Others pointed out that the Congress was given 13 seats it never contested and that its performance was much better in the first two phases of voting, before the polarization started. “The Congress also contested in 26 seats which have never been won by any alliance partner for the last three decades,” they said.

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