Patna: Less than 24 hours after he and three other Congress legislators resigned from the Congress Party, former Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) President and ex-Education Minister of Bihar Ashok Kumar Chowdhary, along with the other three rebel Congress legislators, formally joined the Janata Dal – U in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other senior leaders.
Chowdhary and others were inducted into the JD-U during a meeting with Kumar at his residence in Patna on Thursday. Party state President Vashisht Narayan Singh and others were also present on the occasion.
Kumar welcomed Chowdhary, and legislators Ramchandra Bharti, Dilip Kumar Chowdhary, and Tanveer Akhtar into the party by offering sweets to them.
"I have decided to serve the JD-U and not any particular person. The way I was being insulted by my own party members on a daily basis was becoming unbearable for me and after consulting with my family members and supporters, I came to this decision to resign from the Congress Party and join hands with Nitish Kumar who has proven himself to be the true leader of the people of Bihar," Chowdhary said.
The former BPCC chief also accused senior party leader C P Joshi of creating chaos within the party by his 'reprehensible use and throw' policy.
"I have decided to join the JD-U not because I am hoping to get a plum position in the party. I have come here simply as a party worker who wants to strengthen the hands of Nitish Kumar in his attempt to develop Bihar," he said adding while he still respected Congress national President Rahul Gandhi, it was Joshi who created all the problems in Bihar just so he could install his own men in key positions within the party.
Dilip Kumar Chowdhary, speaking on the occasion, said that a number of Congress leaders in Bihar were considering leaving the party that, he said, had been hijacked by those who did not wish well for Bihar.
"There are many legislators in the state Congress who are seriously considering leaving the party and are just waiting for the right moment to do so," he said.
Just hours later, senior Congress leaders in Patna went on a damage control mode saying Chowdhary and the three others were 'useless' leaders whose exit from the party would have no impact on the health of Congress in Bihar.
"They did not resign, the party leadership expelled them because they brought nothing to the table," senior leader Sadanand Singh and Vijay Shankar Dubey said adding Congress was a national party and Chowdhary and his cohorts' absence will not be felt by anyone.
Another Congress leader and former leader of the Bihar legislative council Dr. Ashok Kumar said Chowdhary was a burden on the party and his departure will have no impact on it.