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Big blow to Congress, more than 50 leaders including former J&K Deputy CM quit party in support of Ghulam Nabi Azad

On Tuesday, more than 50 leaders including former Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, former minister Abdul Majeed Wani have announced to leave the Congress.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir Congress Committee has once again received a setback on Tuesday. On one hand the party is trying to do damage control after the departure of Ghulam Nabi Azad, while on the other hand the process of resignation of leaders from the party is going on. On Tuesday, more than 50 leaders including former Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, former minister Abdul Majeed Wani have announced to leave the Congress.

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On Tuesday, more than 50 leaders including former Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, former minister Abdul Majeed Wani, former MLA Balwan Singh, former minister Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma, State Congress General Secretary Vinod Mishra, Vinod Sharma, Narindra Sharma have resigned from the party. All these leaders have announced their support for Ghulam Nabi Azad by leaving the Congress after holding a press conference in Jammu.

All these leaders resigned from the Congress in the presence of Ghulam Nabi Azad. Former Deputy CM Tara Chand said that we are happy that Azad is forming his own party. The Congress high command did not bother to meet us even once, we wanted to express our grievances. But no one had any desire to listen to us. Leaders of other parties also contacted us. They will also join our (Azad’s party). Even the ruling BJP leaders want to join us.

On the other hand, on Tuesday, Congress is preparing for a show of strength in Jammu. AICC’s in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh affairs Rajni Patil along with newly appointed state president Vikar Rasool is reaching Jammu on Tuesday. There is a plan to do damage control of the party by welcoming both the leaders in the form of a rally from Jammu airport to the party headquarters.

Earlier on Monday, three more Congress leaders including former deputy speaker Ghulam Haider Malik on Monday announced their resignation from the party in support of veteran politician Ghulam Nabi Azad. Former MLA from Kathua’s Bani assembly constituency Haider Malik, former MLC from Kathua Subhash Gupta and former MLC from Doda Shyam Lal Bhagat had sent their resignations to the party high command. Azad’s close aide and former minister G M Saroori said on Monday that he had received letters of support for Malik, Gupta and Bhagat.

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On Ghulam Nabi Azad and leaders leaving the party in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh said, ‘Those who resign from the party, they write a letter of 5 pages, write English as strong as the British. The question is only that why this divine knowledge did not come before 2021. This happened because there was danger on the seat and the bungalow. Whatever you do, there will also be a historic rally against inflation on 4th September and there will be a Bharat Jodo Yatra from 7th September.

Ghulam Nabi Azad was born on 7 March 1949 in Doda, Jammu and Kashmir. He has done M.sc from Kashmir University. He joined the Congress from the 1970s. He became the President of Jammu and Kashmir Youth Congress in 1975. In 1980, he was made the national president of the Youth Congress. He won the Lok Sabha elections for the first time in 1980 from Washim, Maharashtra. After this he was made a Union Minister in 1982. He won from the same seat in 1984 as well.

Azad was a Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra from 1990-1996. He was also a minister in the government of Narasimha Rao. He reached the Rajya Sabha from Jammu and Kashmir from 1996 to 2006. He also became the CM of Jammu and Kashmir in 2005. However, in 2008, the PDP withdrew support to the Congress. After this Azad’s government fell. Azad was also the Health Minister in the Manmohan Singh government. In 2014, Azad was made the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. In 2015, Azad was sent to the Rajya Sabha from Jammu and Kashmir.

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