As talks of a new-found bonhomie between the Congress and JD(U) are doing the rounds over the Centre agreeing to consider Bihars special category status demand,AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhis Mission Bihar seems to be avoiding a direct attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Instead,Rahuls plans concentrate on broad issues of panchayati raj schemes and acute power shortage.
Rahul,who held a meeting with AICC Bihar in-charge G S Charak,AICC Bihar in-charge secretary Sanjay Nirupam and Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president Choudhary Mehboob Ali Qaisar in mid-March in New Delhi,has given the first set of tasks to the state unit to complete within three months; he will do a review after June 18.
Rahul has directed the state unit to complete appointments of two-member committee at booth level and give mobile numbers of the appointees to his office for random check on party activities at the grassroot level. There are over 54,000 booths in Bihar.
Charak,Nirupam,Qaisar and Congress legislature party leader Sadanand Singh on Saturday held a meeting with party workers to send across Rahuls message of time-bound implementation of party activities.
The party,said Charak,has decided to focus on acute power shortage and ensure full implementation of Bihar Panchayati Act,2006 provisions. Asked why the Congress has decided not to criticise policies of Nitish government,he said: We will raise issues of corruption and MNREGA frauds during our protests. But for coming three months,we have been given specific tasks.
Said a senior Congress leader: With fast changing political equations,Rahul seems to have decided to go soft on Nitish.