Resignations in Jammu and Kashmir Congress over party unit chief | India News

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JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Four former ministers and three ex-legislators of Congress in Jammu and Kashmir were among several senior members to resign on Wednesday from party posts, alleging that their suggestions and opinion on party affairs were seldom sought or heard.
They are said to be close to Ghulam Nabi Azad, the former leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, who is among 23 top Congress politicians to make similar allegations in a letter to the party leadership last year.
They held Congress’s J&K unit chief GA Mir responsible for the crisis and wrote in their resignation letter that the ‘hostile attitude’ of the party leadership in the Union territory compelled them to step down from all party posts.
For his part, Mir said he has not received any resignation and those members “are not holding any position in the party” other than being legislators in the past. He said they have never communicated their resentment, either to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi when they met him in Jammu last month or to AICC’s state in-charge Rajni Patil. Mir called the latest political drama a conspiracy by “some top Delhi-based Congress leader” trying to blackmail the high command for an important position in the party.
The prominent names from Wednesday’s resignations include GM Saroori, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Waqar Rasool, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Naresh Gupta, Subash Gupta, Amin Bhat, Anwar Bhat and Inayat Ali. They said Congress high command was informed several times that Mir “doesn’t carry the desired respect and reputation for this coveted post”, but no action was taken. According to sources a request to remove him was presented to Rahul Gandhi during his Jammu visit, but it was not taken seriously.
They said more than 200 top Congress members, including former ministers, MLAs, MLCs, PCC office bearers, district presidents and AICC functionaries, have quit and joined other parties over the past several months.
Reacting to the mass resignation in Congress, former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta of BJP said the party in J&K will collapse because of infighting.





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