A blitzkrieg of public conferences by senior Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad throughout Jammu and Kashmir has fuelled hypothesis that the previous Rajya Sabha MP – a part of the dissident ‘G-23’ group within the occasion – could launch his personal outfit quickly.
Mr Azad has been tight-lipped however has been tangentially essential of the Congress, extra so than ever at a public assembly in Poonch, the place he mentioned that he cannot see the Congress successful 300 seats within the 2024 elections.
Mr Azad was responding to criticism for his about-turn on Article 370.
After his sturdy opposition to the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing in parliament, Mr Azad mentioned that his solely demand is the restoration of statehood and holding meeting elections.
Round 20 loyalists of Mr Azad within the Jammu and Kashmir Congress have resigned from their occasion positions within the final two weeks. Of their resignation letters, the leaders have requested concerning the sweeping modifications in Congress together with the elimination of Ghulam Ahmad Mir because the state unit chief.
“We’ve got requested occasion excessive command that they recognise that there are specific issues inside the occasion. We wish to rectify these issues. As for as Azad sahib is worried, he is our chief and has been right here for therefore a few years,” mentioned GN Monga, Vice President of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress, who is likely one of the 20 leaders who’ve give up their positions.
Mr Monga mentioned within the letter they’ve additionally requested for the elimination of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief. “Sure, we’ve requested for his elimination. It is there within the letter,” he mentioned.
The massive crowds in Mr Azad’s public conferences have stunned observers and rattled the Congress. Mr Azad has been a Rajya Sabha MP for near 4 a long time. The final time he fought an election was in 2014, from Jammu’s Udhampur constituency seat, shedding to the BJP.
Sources say most Congress leaders in Jammu and Kashmir are prone to facet with Mr Azad if kinds his personal occasion. “There are a number of leaders from different events who’ve approached Mr Azad to affix in case he floats his personal occasion,” mentioned a supply near him.
A nervous Congress has mentioned they respect Mr Azad however are sad with the resignations.
“Whole occasion respects him. We respect him however observe self-discipline. However there are some people who find themselves thought-about near him (Mr Azad)… Their statements are clearly a violation of self-discipline,” mentioned Ravinder Sharma, spokesman Jammu and Kashmir Congress.