PATNA: Former JD-U president Sharad Yadav today set off a new controversy by stating that the condition of the Congress had worsened owing to surfacing of a series of scams during its tenure.
Interestingly, Congress is a coalition partner in the ruling Grand Alliance government in Bihar which chief minister Nitish Kumar heads.
“The present condition of the Congress in the country is worse than the one seen during the time of emergency owing to scam taints,” Yadav said at a function organised in Patna to mark birth anniversary of socialist leader late Karpoori Thakur.
While Congress has been entirely wiped out from the South, it’s condition is not better in the North as well, he alleged.
He made these remarks while his colleague and chief minister Kumar was also present on the dais.
The Congress reacted bitterly to these remarks describing it as violation of coalition dharma.
“Such statements are completely unwarranted. He must know that the Congress is a coalition partner in the government,” said party spokesperson Premchandra Mishra.
“We don’t understand why such statements were made” asked Mishra, urging the chief minister to intervene into the matter.
The statements come barely a day after top leaders of the ruling alliance parties—RJD, JD-U and the Congress— came together and discussed ways to have better coordination among them.