Former Union Minister and senior Congress politician Ghulam Nabi Azad caused serious concern when he announced his decision of quitting the party on Friday, August 26. The 73-year-old also called out Rahul Gandhi for his “immaturity” in his resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi.
The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister resigned from all positions within Congress, along with the primary membership of the party. His five-page letter to Sonia Gandhi detailed his reasons behind quitting Congress, one of which being Rahul Gandhi and his “childish behaviour.”
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According to the veteran politician, who is also part of the G-23 group that has sought changes to the party, Congress has lost both its heart and ability under the current leadership.
He underlined his frustration in the letter as well, writing that the party leadership needed to undertake a ‘Congress jodo yatra’ before beginning a ‘Bharat jodo yatra’. He also added that the G-23 leaders, who had written to the party leadership seeking changes, were insulted, humiliated and abused.
The Congress has witnessed several influential leaders leave the party in recent years, some of whom have also joined the ruling BJP and become Union Ministers, like Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Azad also pointed out that elections have not been held at any level of the party to elect leaders and the situation inside it has now reached a point of no return. He also lambasted the leadership saying “proxies” are being prepped to take over the leadership roles inside the party.
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Azad mentioned a “giant fraud” inside Congress and accused the leading figures inside the party of forcing leaders to sign on lists prepared by them.
The former health minister and opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha joined Congress during the 1970s and was instrumental in its rise in the last century. He was also the president of the party’s youth wing, during which, he inducted former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi into the organisation.