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Cong bats for special package to state

Chhapra, April 6: The Congress wants a special package for Bihar, not special status for the state. The grand old party of India believes there are technical problems in granting special status to the state.

“The RJD-led government in the state supported by the Congress had demanded a special package for Bihar during the NDA regime at the Centre, but Sharad Yadav rejected the idea. Had the special package been given to Bihar 11 years ago, the state would have progressed a lot. There are problems and the special status cannot be given to the state,” the state Congress president, Mehboob Ali Quaiser, said.

Replying to a question, Quaiser said Mahachandra Singh’s party switch (from the Congress to JD (U)) reflects his “selfishness”.

Mahachandra served the Congress for 35 years and the party held him in high esteem. He switched over to the JD (U) after writing a letter to Sonia Gandhi that the Prime Minister failed to give time to the state during the first five years of Nitish rule. He also cited the denial of a special status to the state as a reason.

“Mahachandra enjoyed power and position when he was in the Congress, but he deserted the party a few days ago with an ulterior motive of clinging on to power by any means. Politics must be guided by morality and not by opportunism,” Quaiser said.

He attributed the poor performance of the Congress in last year’s Assembly polls to the organisational weaknesses in the state.

“In politics nothing is a humiliating defeat. A defeat can only be disappointing. But any disappointment can be overcome by an honest effort supported by performance. The Congress party is doing a self-appraisal to uproot the weaknesses and putting in efforts to come up to the expectations of the people,” he said.

Quaiser was here to draw support for the Congress’s State Legislative Council candidate from Saran graduate constituency Gyandeo Mani Tripathi.

Gyandeo said he would liberate the people of Saran from the politics of hegemony of Mahachandra.

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