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Azad is all set to take part in J&K elections, announces launch of a new party

by | Sep 4, 2022 | India

Ghulam Nabi Azad, since leaving the Congress, in his first political rally in Jammu on Sunday afternoon, announced the formation of a political party, but did not announce its name.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Congress leader, addressed his first political rally in Jammu on Sunday afternoon, announcing the beginning of a new era by launching his political party. 

However, he did not announce the name and symbol of the party at the rally.

The 73-year-old Azad said, “I am a common man, now… The Congress party had lost its touch on the ground,” amid pro-Azad and anti-Congress slogans.

Further, criticising Congress,  Azad added, “Congress was made by us by our blood, not by computers, not by Twitter. People are trying to defame us, but their reach is limited to computers and tweets. That is the reason Congress is nowhere to be seen on the ground.”

Party name

He did not announce the political party’s name yet but said that his ‘national-level’ party would be focused on ‘the upcoming J&K polls’ and said that people will decide the name, flag and symbol of the party soon.

On August 26, Azad ended his five-decade-old relationship with Congress, blaming ‘unfortunate circumstances’ behind his leaving the party. He also expressed hope in his aspirations for Jammu and Kashmir, saying it had long been his dream to make the region ‘happy’ and complete the unfinished agenda when he was Chief Minister of the State. (2005-08), when unceremoniously he had to quit the job after their political partner withdrew their support for the government.

“But we are not in a rush … will start from Jammu and Kashmir. Elections can happen in Jammu and Kashmir at any time,” Azad added.

Further, elaborating on national and assembly elections in India, he said, “We are seeing the condition of the Congress in the whole country since the last 8 years; in the 49 assembly elections that were held, it lost 39. Now, out of those 49, only two states have Congress. Before the rest even go (went), we thought that we would build our house. In which all will keep bricks, no one will keep sand. Because at the national level, only ‘sand-keepers’ currently exist, but only sand does not build houses.”

Several Jammu and Kashmir former ministers and political leaders from different political parties were also present at the rally, former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand is among 64 leaders who have resigned from the Congress and joined Azad. They were all present today at the venue. There are hundreds of others who want to join the party.

One of the political observers said, “Azad needs to concentrate in the state and there is a new wave in his favour. It depends on how Azad is going to take advantage of this new wave, cautioning that he needs to scrutinise people joining his party.”

Ghulam Nabi Azad’s resignation with a 5-page letter lambasting Rahul Gandhi and his coterie triggered a war of words between him and the Congress leaders.

Congress calls him a “Modi-fied” leader for his closeness with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This stemmed from PM Modi’s farewell speech during which PM Modi turned teary-eyed as he remembered his long association with Ghulam Nabi Azad.

In parallel, Rahul Gandhi and congress leaders were also holding their public meeting at the ‘Mehangai Par Halla Bol’ rally at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi today.

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