PATNA: Bihar Congress president Ashok Chaudhary was finally shown the door on Tuesday evening for his alleged bid to split the party.
The Damocle’s sword was hanging over his head ever since he was accused of splitting the party and joining the JD-U of chief minister Nitish Kumar.
State unit Vice President Kaukab Quadri has been told to look after the party affairs until a new appointment is made.
“Congress president Sonia Gandhi has relieved Ashok Chaudhary from the post of Bihar state Congress chief with immediate effect,” AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi was quoted as saying in the English daily Hindustan Times.
As per reports, Chaudhary began instigating the party lawmakers to defect the party and join the JD-U shortly after Nitish Kumar dumped the Grad Alliance to form government with the BJP in July last.
If reports are to be believed Chaudhary had got the support of some 14 legislators and was about to give a concrete shape to his plan when the central party leadership came to known about his plan and tackled it iron-handedly.
Reports said Chaudhary was asking the party legislators to defect on the pretext that continuing in alliance with the RJD could harm the Congress.