New Delhi : Veteran Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has quit the party, resigning all posts. Azad had recently made known he would not be able to take responsibility of various posts the High Command had entrusted him.
After resigning, Azad spoke with media saying the party was headed downhill since Rahul Gandhi’s entry as vice president in 2013. “All senior and experienced leaders are sidelined and the new coterie of inexperienced sycophants are running the affairs of the party,” said Azad.
Azad also criticised the recent reshuffle. “The entire organisational election process is a farce and a sham. At no place anywhere in the country, have elections been held at any level of the organisation. Handpicked lieutenants of AICC have been coerced to sign on lists prepared by the coterie that runs the AICC sitting in 24 Akbar Road,” said Azad.
On 17 August, Azad had resigned from Congress’s Jammu Kashmir Political Affairs Committee. At the time, he had all posts else taken from him and was appointed as chairman to the J-K Political Affairs Committee. The resignation today comes in fallout over that and also long-brewing discontent.
Fallen star : Ghulam Nabi Azad has had a chequered political career with Congress, that saw him in high posts, including, that of Chief Minister and as Union minister. Azad is also one among the G-23 signatories that wrote to Sonia calling for thorough revamp of Congress.