20 CONGRESS LEADER RESIGN IN J&K, DEMANDS CHANGE IN PART LEADERSHIP

At Least 20 senior Congress leaders in Jammu and Kashmir close to the former opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad have resigned from their respective positions demanding a change in the leadership of the party. The leaders include former ministers G M Saroori, Vikar Rasool, and Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma, besides Jugal Kishore Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Naresh Gupta, Mohammad Amin Bhat, Subash Gupta (all former legislators), Pradesh Congress vice-president Anwar Bhat and member of Kulgam District Development Council and former district president, Ayatullah Rather, Congress’ Budgam district president Zahid Hassan Jan, former political advisor to CM Manzoor Ahmed Ganai, AICC member Engineer Maroof, vice-chairman of the party’s ST Cell Chowdhary Sohat Ali, Corporator Gaurav Chopra, district general-secretary Ashwani Sharma, according to report published by the Indian Express. 

 

The move by the leaders has become a major pull-back for the Congress party as speculations of assembly elections are around. “We had been told that he is being appointed for a period of three years, but it has been seven years now. However, we have told the high command that we will not hold any party position if there is no change in the party leadership in J&K,” said Vikar Rasool who confirmed that he wrote a letter along with G N Moonga to the party president seeking change in the leadership in the region. Rajni Patil in the resignation letters to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi said that the party is heading towards a ‘disastrous situation’ citing the mass exodus from the Congress to other parties. 

 

 

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