Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned from his position on August 16, hours after being appointed to head as campaign committee head of Congress’ Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier today, the Congress reshuffled its unit in Jammu and Kashmir in a major shake-up and appointed Vikar Rasool Wani as the party’s state chief and Mr. Azad as the head of the campaign committee.
The party also appointed Mr. Azad as the chairman of the campaign committee in the Union Territory. Mr. Azad was one of the Group of 23 leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi in 2020 requesting a significant organisational overhaul.
In 2020, Mr. Azad led a rebellion against the party’s central leadership heading a clutch of senior leaders called G-23 who suggested a host of reforms within the party. When Mr. Azad retired from the Rajya Sabha in March of this year after serving eight terms, he was not renominated. The party’s first step toward Mr. Azad’s rehabilitation was the orders issued on Tuesday.
Raman Bhalla has been designated the party’s working president in the UT, while Mr. Wani has been named president of the J&K unit. He takes over for Ghulam Ahmad Mir, who announced his resignation in July after eight years in the position.
According to a party statement, Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Congress, has accepted Mr. Mir’s resignation as president of the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee.
According to the statement, the Congress president appointed the J&K unit’s president and working president and immediately established the campaign committee, political affairs committee, coordination committee, manifesto committee, publicity and publication committee, disciplinary committee, and pradesh election committee.
Mr. Wani (46), a resident of Banihal township in the Ramban district of the Jammu region, is a two-time former lawmaker who furthermore held the position of minister from 2009 to 2014 under the National Conference-Congress coalition led by Omar Abdullah.
According to the statement, G.M. Saroori will serve as the campaign committee’s convenor, and Tariq Hamid Karra will serve as vice chairman.
The PCC president and working president are the permanent invitees to the campaign committee, which consists of 11 leaders.
The campaign committee also consists of Mr. Mir, Tara Chand, Thakur Balwan Singh, T.S. Bajwa, Shabir Khan, Neeraj Kundan, Abdul Majeed Wani, and Fairoz Khan.
Ms. Gandhi also set up a political affairs committee with Mr. Karra as its chairman and it included the likes of Mr. Azad, Mr. Mir and Saifuddin Soz.
Additionally, Peerzada M. Syed, Taj Mohiuddin, Tara Chand, Mula Ram, and Khemlata Wakhlu are members of the political affairs committee.
The AICC in-charge, PCC president, and working president are permanent invitees to the panel, which is made up of nine leaders.
The party also established a 12-member manifesto committee headed by Soz, an 11-member coordination committee chaired by Mr. Mir, and a 9-member publicity and publication panel chaired by Mula Ram.
A disciplinary commission of seven people has been established, with Taj Mohiyuddin serving as its chairman.