With Ghulam Nabi Azad loyalists having publicly gone against the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir, J&K’s Congress President GA Mir was called by the Congress top brass to New Delhi on Tuesday. The Congress leadership is likely to discuss action against the Azad loyalists.
The loyalists of Azad, former leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, have now stopped discharging their allotted responsibilities. This was brought to notice of party high command by GA Mir and a meeting was fixed to discuss the issue.
Early this month, Azad praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “not hiding his true self” leading to ‘Congress versus Congress’ in Jammu with pro- and anti-Azad demonstrations by party workers.
In response, Congress workers, led by Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Shahnawaz Choudhary, held a demonstration and burnt Azad’s effigy outside the Exhibition Ground here, in protest against him showering praises on PM Modi.
Raising slogans against Azad, Shahnawaz demanded the party high command initiate action against him, as his statement was aimed at “weakening the Congress in the Union Territory”.
Pointing out that the Congress, when in power, made Azad a Union minister for many years and thereafter chief minister and also the AICC general secretary, Shahnawaz said he “turned a volte-face when the party came in crisis and needed him”. “Had he been so concerned about the party, he should have come to the Union Territory to campaign for Congress candidates during the recently held District Development Council elections,” Shahnawaz added.