Mass exodus: Former J&K deputy CM Tara Chand, 63 other Congress leaders announce resignation to back Azad
New Delhi, Aug 30: Around 64 Jammu and Kashmir Congress leaders, including former deputy chief minister Tara Chand, announced resignation from party in support of Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is planning to launch his own party. They submitted a joint resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Azad (73), a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, ended his five-decade association with the Congress on Friday, saying the party was 'comprehensively destroyed' and lashing out at Rahul Gandhi for 'demolishing' its entire consultative mechanism.
Chand and several others, including former ministers Abdul Majid Wani, Manohar Lal Sharma, Gharu Ram and former MLA Balwan Singh, announced their resignations from their party, including its primary membership, at a press conference.
''We have submitted a joint resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi in support of Azad,'' Balwan Singh said.
On Monday, four more Congress leaders, including former deputy speaker of the J&K Assembly Gulam Hyder Malik, and a dozen prominent workers of the Apni Party resigned from their respective parties on Monday in support of veteran politician Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Over a dozen prominent Congress leaders, including former ministers and legislators, besides hundreds of Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) members, municipal corporators and district and block-level leaders have resigned from the party to join Azad, who will soon launch a national-level political outfit from Jammu and Kashmir.
Stung by the mass exits, the Congress unit in J&K has attacked Azad and said he will go the way of Amarinder Singh, another Congress veteran who quit and launched his own party but lost in the Punjab election.
The difference, however, is that Amarinder Singh was isolated after the Congress sacked him and few party leaders joined him; Azad has literally taken the Congress away with him in J&K, his supporters say.