The Jammu and Kashmir Congress on Tuesday held its first protest against former state chief minister and party veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad’s recent remarks praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded that Azad be expelled from the party.
JK Congress General Secretary Shahnawaz Choudhary held a protest in Jammu on Tuesday with party workers burning effigy of Azad for attempting to weaken the Congress by praising Prime Minister Modi recently.
“This is not acceptable. Mr Azad has tried to weaken the Congress by praising the PM who has caused so much suffering to the people of JK. We demand that the party expel him,” Choudhary said.
JK Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir while speaking to The Tribune said Azad’s comments had hurt the sentiments of people of Jammu and Kashmir who have been “suffering since August 5, 2019 due to Centre’s unilateral moves to abrogate Article 370 and bifurcate JK into two UTs.”
“Mr Azad’s comments have not gone down well with the people of the UT let alone the Congress. It’s surprising that his first function in JK after retirement from Parliament was participation in a state Congress executive committee meeting and the very next day he went on to praise the same PM who has caused hurt to the people here. We also need to ask the other leaders who are letter writers along with Mr Azad whether they approve of Mr Azad’s praises for the PM. Kapil Sibal and Anand Sharma who said they wanted to strengthen the Congress must answer if they endorse Mr Azad’s views on PM Modi,” said Mir who is in New Delhi today to finalise a grassroots level agitation plan in JK against fuel price hike.
The JK Congress will also start a district level outreach and organisational review from March 15, with plans to cover all 20 districts and boost the party as the delimitation exercise for JK is underway hinting at future elections.
“We plan 100 agitational events over 45 days and also plan a review of ground level organisation across all districts. We are finalising the programme with the AICC state in charge Rajni Patil,” said Mir.