J&K: Gulam Nabi Azad quits Congress campaign committee hours after being appointed as its head
17 August, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma
Ghulam Nabi Azad, a senior Congress politician, resigned as head of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress campaign committee on Tuesday, only hours after being appointed. According to reports, Azad has de...
Ghulam Nabi Azad, a senior Congress politician, resigned as head of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress campaign committee on Tuesday, only hours after being appointed.
According to reports, Azad has declined to take over as chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Campaign Committee owing to health concerns. He informed the Congress leadership of this and thanked them for entrusting him with the task. The news comes after Congress President Sonia Gandhi named Vikar Rasool Wani as the party’s J-K unit president and Raman Bhalla as its working president on Tuesday.
Previously, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, a close associate of Azad, held the position of J-K Congress president.
Sonia Gandhi accepted Mir’s resignation as head of the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee.
On Tuesday, the Congress formed the Jammu and Kashmir campaign committee, political affairs committee, coordination committee, manifesto committee, publicity and publication committee, disciplinary committee, and Pradesh election committee.
The campaign committee was constituted with 11 members, with Azad serving as chairman and Tariq Hamid Karra serving as vice chairman. Furthermore, the PCC president and working president have been appointed as permanent invitees to the committee, and G M Saroori has been appointed as convenor.
However, the reshuffle in the party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit is believed to have angered many leaders.
Former Congress MLA Gulzar Ahmad Wani stepped down from the coordination committee as a mark of protest against the appointment of the PCC chief in J-K.
“I have resigned from Congress coordination committee in J-K as a protest against the recent appointment of PCC chief in UT. The decision is not in favour of the party,” said Wani.
Another leader and former MLA resigned from the committee soon after its formation.
“We are unhappy as senior leaders were not consulted before taking a decision on J-K PCC chief. We have resigned from the party’s coordination committee as a protest against the recent announcements of the PCC chief. I have resigned from Congress’ primary membership,” said Former Congress MLA Haji Abdul Rashid Dar.
Ghulam Nabi Azad is one of the 23 politicians who have been vocal about the need for leadership change in Congress.
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