Cong in tizzy as Azad keeps away from J&K poll pan­els

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Su­bodh.Ghildiyal @times­group.com

New Delhi: Se­nior Congress leader Ghu­lam Nabi Azad has re­port­edly dis­so­ci­ated him­self from the party’s elec­tion com­mit­tees in Jammu and Kash­mir, throw­ing the state unit in the grip of fac­tion fight­ing. Azad’s de­ci­sion comes barely days af­ter the state pan­els were con­sti­tuted by the AICC. Sources said the draft of the com­mit­tees were sent to Azad for his ap­proval and ex­pressed sur­prise that he was hav­ing a re­think af­ter the an­nounce­ment.

It is learnt that Azad has con­veyed to the lead­er­ship that he would not be part of the J&K pan­els be­cause he is busy with man­age­ment of elec­tions at the na­tional level. He has said that he would not have time for state-cen­tric meet­ings.

What has trig­gered un­rest in the unit is the re­ac­tion of lead­ers said to be close to Azad. Word has spread that he has opted out be­cause he was passed over for chair­man­ship of the state cam­paign com­mit­tee. A cou­ple of com­mit­tees are headed by state Congress pres­i­dent Ghu­lam Ahmed Mir while Azad is a mem­ber on these pan­els.

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