J&K Congress miffed, wor­ried over ‘sidelin­ing’ of Azad

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI - FAYAZ WANI

Azad is a for­mer CM and the party’s face in J&K. He is the only State Congress leader, who is pop­u­lar in all three re­gions of J&K and can at­tract crowd and pull vot­ers to­wards the party

Congress leader and Azad loy­al­ist

RE­SENT­MENT is brew­ing in Jammu and Kash­mir Congress af­ter for­mer Chief Min­is­ter and Leader of Op­po­si­tion (LoP) in Ra­jya Sabha Ghu­lam Nabi Azad was side­lined in key elec­tion com­mit­tees of the State by the Congress high com­mand. The Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Fe­bru­ary 7 ap­proved for­ma­tion of the Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee, Pradesh Elec­tion Com­mit­tee, Cam­paign Com­mit­tee, Pub­lic­ity Com­mit­tee and Me­dia Co-or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee for the J&K Pradesh Congress. In three vi­tal com­mit­tees, Azad, who is be­ing seen as party’s Chief Min­is­te­rial can­di­date, has been vir­tu­ally side­lined and ‘cut to size’. The State Congress chief Ghu­lam Ah­mad Mir has been named chair­per­son of the elec­tion com­mit­tee and the cam­paign com­mit­tee while Am­bika Soni was named chair­per­son of the co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee. In the co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee headed by Soni, Azad’s name fig­ured on 4th place be­hind GA Mir and State Congress leader Rigzin Jora. In the Elec­tion and Cam­paign Com­mit­tees, Azad’s name fig­ures at third place be­hind GA Mir and Jora. The sidelin­ing of Azad has an­gered a sec­tion of State Congress lead­ers, who are close to the for­mer chief min­is­ter. They are also not happy over non in­clu­sion of Azad loy­al­ists in the three com­mit­tees. “Azad is a for­mer chief min­is­ter and the party’s face in the State. He is the only State Congress leader, who has got pop­u­lar­ity in all three re­gions of J&K and can at­tract crowd and pull vot­ers to­wards the party,” said a Congress leader, who is Azad loy­al­ist. He said sidelin­ing of Azad is not good for the party.

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