"I did not mean that Congress was in alliance with RJD out of any compulsion. My emphasis was on the Congress making efforts to become self-reliant. I do not think even Lalu ji (RJD supremo) will have any objection to it," Gehlot told a news channel.
The RJD had hit back saying they were themselves worried about the "bad shape in which the Congress is". State Congress working president Kaukab Qadri, however, sought to downplay Gehlot's comments, saying they were misunderstood.
Reacting to Gehlot's comments, RJD national vice-president Shivanand Tiwary said, "Why only Bihar, the Congress is faced with a similar situation in many other states..."
"We hold the view that the Congress decimation is not good for Indian democracy. But the use of a word like compulsion by a seasoned leader like Gehlot is going to do no good to his workers," he said.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi tweeted, "After all, the Congress had to give up its dream of bringing back Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to the grand alliance and acknowledge the compulsion to stay on in an alliance with a party mired in corruption."
"Both RJD and Congress are on the same page when it comes to corruption, dynasty rule and seeking power for amassing wealth instead of serving the poor. Both parties are envious of rapport the ruling JD (U) and BJP share," he claimed.
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