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Congress report poser on alliance

The state Congress will bring out its “report card” for the Nitish Kumar government on November 25, highlighting its failures.

Prem Chand Mishra, the party’s media in-charge, told The Telegraph: “Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Choudhary will release a parallel report card, Nitish sarkar ki wadakhilafi (the betrayal of the Nitish government), to expose the government’s failures on almost every front in the past eight years, and especially last year. We have been issuing report cards every year since Nitish started the tradition of releasing one of his own.”

Nitish has been releasing a report card of his government since completing his first year in power in November 2006. The state Congress claims to expose the government’s failure to utilise central funds and its indifferent attitude towards the centrally sponsored schemes.

In June, the Congress, with its four MLAs, had extended unconditional support to the JD(U) in the Assembly when Nitish had to prove his majority after snapping ties with the 17-year-old ally BJP.

Mishra said: “We supported Nitish Kumar to strengthen the cause of secular politics. It was merely a floor arrangement. Even Nitish supported the Food Security Bill, Land Acquisition Bill and extended his party’s support to Pranab Mukherjee’s presidential candidature. So, nothing much should be read into our support on the floor of the House. It has nothing to do with poll tie-up.”

New committee

All India Congress Committtee (AICC) on Friday formed a new Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee comprising 17 vice-presidents, 24 general secretaries, 90 secretaries, one treasurer and 11 spokespersons. Eighty persons have been accommodated in the new executive committee.