NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday hit back at senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari and accused him of working to help the “weak” BJP-JD(U) government in Bihar.
The Congress was reacting to Shivanand Tiwari’s remarks on Sunday in which he held Rahul Gandhi responsible for Mahagathbandan’s poll loss in the state.
“Shivanand Tiwari has changed parties again and again and was an MP from the JD(U). Not surprising that his loyalty still seems to be with the JD(U). He is levelling baseless allegations against Congress to help the weak govt of JD(U)-BJP,” said Shaktisinh Gohil, the party in-charge of Bihar.
The Congress leader said that the party agreed with all decisions of its allies to keep the Mahagathbandhan intact.
“We also agreed to contest on seats where grand alliance had not won for over 30 years,” he said, adding “RJD will have to identify such people otherwise parties and Bihar will suffer in days to come.”
On Sunday, RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari said that the grand old party had “shackled” the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ in the state.
“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 said.
Bihar Congress leaders have demanded that Shivanand Tiwari should be sacked by the RJD.
“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-mouth 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 Shivanand Tiwari’s views were personal 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.
(With inputs from agencies)

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