Congress Workers Fight Among Themselves Outside Party's Ranchi Office, Jharkhand Police Lathicharges Them

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Tussle broke out between supporters of Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (JPCC) chief Ajoy Kumar and former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay after two of Sahay's supporters were expelled from the party for six years.

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Updated On:

In an unprecedented incident, a major clash broke out within Congress workers in Jharkhand's capital city Ranchi. As per sources, a tussle broke out between supporters of Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (JPCC) chief Ajoy Kumar and former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay outside the Jharkhand Congress office on Thursday. 

This development has come after two of Sahay's supporters were expelled from the party for six years. Sources have told that they were expelled after they burnt the effigy of the Ajoy Kumar.

Furthermore, after being expelled the Congress leaders, Surendra Singh and Rakesh Sinha, had convened a press briefing in the party office in Ranchi. However, Ajoy Kumar's supporters stopped them from entering the Congress office premises. This resulted in massive clash between the two factions, including stone-pelting from both sides. In order to control the mob, the police had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd.

Speaking in the matter, Congress leader Ajoy Kumar hit out at Subodh Kant Sahay and said that he never resorted to dirty politics. 

"We have never resorted to dirty politics. We have always worked with honesty," Kumar said. 

As per reports, the Jharkhand Congress chief has been facing protest by the party workers. In the aftermath of massive poll debacle in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Ajoy Kumar had resigned from his post. However, he was asked by Congress to continue as the state president. Congress fought in alliance with JMM, RJD and others in the state, and had fought on seven seats. However, it managed to win only one. When a meeting was called by Ajoy Kumar in the party office on Monday, he was welcomed with protests from other Congress leaders.

Congress lacks strong leadership

Following the embarrassing poll debacle, Rahul Gandhi earlier in June also resigned as the Congress president taking responsibility for the defeat in the elections. After the poll defeat, the Jharkhand Congress also became a divided house, with one group wanting Kumar to be removed from the post of state president, and another group supporting Kumar in the fistfight.  

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