Ranchi: The infighting in the Jharkhand Congress has finally come out open and that too on the streets of the state capital as the supporters of incumbent JPCC Chief Dr Ajay Kumar and those belonging to former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahai not only clashed with each and other but also pelted stones forcing the police to use force to disperse the crowd.
Apart from manhandling between the supporters of two groups, the stone-pelting which happened also caused injuries to some of the media persons who were covering the high voltage drama inside the JPCC headquarters. After some however order was restored at the venue after which JPCC chief Ajay Kumar addressed his supporters and urged them to maintain calm.
Dr Ajay said that who want tickets for their brother, son and wife are opposing him while rest are standing firmly behind him. The infighting between the Congress was brewing post the debacle in the Lok Sabha elections in which the party only managed to win the Singhbhum seat from where Geeta Koda emerged victorious.
One group of the leaders have squarely blamed Dr Ajay for the poor performance of the party and called for his removal and most vocal among them has been Mr Sahai who also ended up losing from Ranchi. Since than verbal volleys have been flying between the two fractions.
What brought the infighting into open was Ajay Kumar’s order to dismiss a couple of loyalists of Mr Sahai including former JPCC spokesperson Rakesh Sinha and former Mahanagar Congress Chief Surendra Singh from the party for indiscipline and causing harm to the image of the party by making statements in the media.
On the other hand, both the expelled leaders said that they are in Congress and will remain in it. The duo demanded that instead of their expulsion probe should be held into the tenure of Doctor Ajay Kumar who has inked a deal with Chief Minister Raghubar Das to destroy the Congress in the state.
Sinha alleged that Dr Ajay was playing with the constitution of the Congress party and has decided to destroy the Congress before he goes which will be not tolerated. He accused Ajay Kumar and his goons on pelting stone on honest party workers and also collaborated with the administration to order lathi charge, however, acts of Ajay Kumar are bound to doom his political career.