In a major jolt to the grand-old-party in Jammu and Kashmir, 51 leaders of the Congress Party are set to resign and join the new party being formed by former Congress stalwart Ghulam Nabi Azad anytime soon. Moreover, this revolt has troubled the Indian National Congress in Jammu and Kashmir.
Furthermore, a total of 64 Congress leaders have quit the party since the resignation of Ghulam Nabi Azad. The former Chief Minister who used to be one of the most senior Congress leaders, had recently quit the party, giving a 5-page long resignation letter to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.
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Mr. Azad, who used to be one of the closest aides of Sanjay Gandhi, has now broken his decades long relationship with the Gandhi family. In his letter, citing various reasons to quit the grand old party, Mr. Azad questioned the functioning style of Rahul Gandhi, blaming him for the downfall of the party since 2013.
Since his resignation, hundreds of Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) members, municipal corporators, district and block level leaders, as well as more than a dozen of prominent Congress leaders—including former ministers and MLAs—have already defected to Azad’s side.
Ghulam Nabi Azad is one of the most senior and experienced leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. The resignation of the former minister has led to a political crisis for the Congress party in the J & K UT. This isn’t the first revolt in the Congress party, earlier also, be it Mamata Banerjee, Jagan Mohan Reddy or Sharad Pawar, a lot of heavyweight leaders formed their own parties.
Now Azad is a new one in the list to form his own party after resigning from Congress. Additionally, this would badly dent the party in Jammu and Kashmir, as with Azad, more than 64 leaders have left the party till now.