Bihar Congress chief Ashok Choudhary, who was removed from his post with immediate effect on Tuesday, has accused the party’s top leadership of being insensitive.
Choudhary, who head the state unit of Congress for four years was quoted by NDTV, “I was willing to resign and I never wanted to embarrass party high command. I’m an honourable congressmen and deserve as honorable exit.”
Though he made it clear that he wouldn’t cause a split in party, MLAs loyal to him have reportedly been meeting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar giving rise to speculations that a division in party was imminent.
His own comments to ANI indicated that Choudhary will soon leave the party soon.
“I welcome the decision of the party but I don’t deserve the way I was insulted and expelled from the party. I don’t want to leave the party but don’t have a choice,” he told the news agency on Wednesday.
Announcing Choudhary’s removal, AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi had said, “Congress President Sonia Gandhi has relieved Ashok Choudhary from the post of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief with immediate effect.”
In a recent outburst, Choudhary had also accused a section within the party of maligning his name for brewing a rebellion within the Bihar unit.
The Congress has 27 MLAs in the 243-member Bihar Assembly.
Amid fears that the state unit may split and some members may join the ruling JD-U, the Congress has claimed of having “defused” the situation after several MLAs were reportedly gravitating towards the JD(U) following the disintegration of the Grand Alliance last month.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, as reported by PTI, had also met over 20 of the 27 party MLAs earlier this month and sought their views on the party’s functioning. He had, however, not to invite Choudhary despite the latter’s position as the PCC president.
Sources said Gandhi had invited the Congress MLAs to avoid a split in the party, who were feeling uneasy after losing power in the state.