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RJD veteran Shivanand Tiwari stirs hornet''s nest with Rahul''s

RJD veteran Shivanand Tiwari stirs hornet''s nest with Rahul''s
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criticism, Cong hits back

Patna, Nov 16 (PTI) The Congress'' dismal performance

in the Bihar assembly elections has drawn biting criticism

from ally RJD, with party veteran leader Shivanand Tiwari

saying the grand old party had "shackled" the

''Mahagathbandhan'' in the state.

Tiwari''s remarks made during interviews with TV

channels prompted calls for his outster from the RJD.

"Congress shackled the ''Mahagathbandhan'' with chains

in the assembly elections. It contested 70 seats but did not

hold even 70 rallies.

"Rahul Gandhi visited Bihar on three days and

addressed two rallies a day. Priyanka Gandhi was not seen at

all. When electioneering was at its peak, he was picnicking

with Priyanka Gandhi in Shimla," Tiwari, who is considered

close to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and is part of its old guard,

said.

The Congress reacted sharply to Tiwari''s criticism.

"Shivanand Tiwari is not an official spokesman for the

RJD. He is hand in gloves with the BJP and JD(U), and is

speaking their language. He is talking like Giriraj Singh

(union minister). It''s time such a loud mouthed and mentally

bankrupt man is thrown out of his party," AICC media panel

member and MLC Prem Chandra Mishra said.

He later tweeted in Hindi that an RJD leader speaking

the "language of Giriraj Singh and Shahnawaz Hussain" is

unacceptable to the Congress.

"There is something called the coalition Dharma and

all parties should follow it," he wrote on the microblogging

website.

RJD spokespersons Mrityunjay Tiwari and Chittaranjan

Gagan said Tiwari''s were his personal views and his statements

did not reflect the party''s stand.

"Shivanand Tiwari is a senior leader and a guardian to

us. But the views expressed by him are personal. Tejashwi

Yadav and other senior leaders of the RJD will analyse the

election outcome," Gagan said.

Congress national general secretary Tariq Anwar, who

had called for "deep introspection" following the party''s

abysmal performance in the Bihar polls, defended Rahul Gandhi,

saying the leader of a national party cannot be expected to

devote time and energy to a state poll like the leader of a

regional outfit.

"First of all, Shivanand Tiwari is not an authorised

spokesperson for the RJD. Also, he should realise that

Congress is a national party while the RJD is a regional

entity. The leader of a national party cannot be expected to

devote time to a state election like a regional leader would,"

he said.

The Congress had contested 70 seats of the 243-member

assembly but could manage to win just 19.

Prominent Congress candidates for whom Rahul Gandhi

had campaigned but who lost included Shubhanand Mukesh, the

son of former state assembly speaker Sadanand Singh, a

multiple term MLA from Kahalgaon, and Subhashini Raj Rao, the

daughter of socialist veteran leader Sharad Yadav in

Bihariganj. PTI SK

SK SK


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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