Once a force to reckon within Bihar, the Congress today is a humble presence in the so-called grand alliance led by RJD that has been cobbled together to take on the rival BJP’s ever growing popularity in the state.
In choosing its candidates, the Congress seems to be aiding decimation of its little-existent organisational network in the state. With elections less than a month away, the party is banking heavily on rebels from other political parties, all in a bid to save its electoral face.
The old party, which has refused to look beyond dynastic politics since Independence, does not have adequate winnable candidates within the organisation so that it could field its nominees at less than 10 seats.
Congress has been allotted nine of total 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar as part of seat sharing among the allies of the opposition’s alliance against the ruling NDA.
Out of the eight candidates almost finalised to contest the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar, four have joined the Congress just recently. If former BJP MP Kirti Azad gives his consent to contest on Valmiki Nagar seat, the total count of Congress preferring turncoats to its own partymen would touch five.
While Shatrughan Sinha (Patna Sahib) and Uday Singh alias Pappu Singh (Purnia) have come from BJP, Tariq Anwar (Katihar) has from the NCP. Nilam Devi, wife of controversial and Independent legislator Anant Singh, has been given party ticket from Munger.