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Battle-ready Cong open to alliance for 2014 polls

Patna, March 30: Bihar Congress affairs in-charge Gulchain Singh Charak today said the party would fight the 2014 polls on its own but left the door ajar for an alliance too.

“The Congress is geared up for the 2014 elections and would chalk out its own strategy. As far as an alliance is concerned, the party high command has constituted a committee to take a final call on the issue keeping in mind the circumstances or situation on a given time,” said Charak.

When pointed out that the Congress is sending an olive branch to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar by praising his government, he said: “We don’t criticise anyone just for the sake of it. We will not criticise someone doing a good job. It is good if Nitishji is supporting the UPA’s policy.”

Charak, on every visit to the state as the party’s in-charge, has maintained that the Congress would not have a tie-up with any political outfit, including the RJD. Instead the party would fight the elections on its own strength. Charak was accompanied by Congress general secretary and the party’s Bihar affairs co-in-charge, Sanjay Nirupam.

Charak said the railway minister has assured a delegation of Bihar Congress of three schemes — a railway wheel factory at Chhapra, a railway coach factory at Harnaut and the Muzaffarpur-Sitamarhi rail line — to be inaugurated in the first week of April.

The Prime Minister or Congress president Sonia Gandhi is likely to grace the inauguration of these projects, Nirupam said.