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Ghulam Nabi Azad quits Congress, says party should start 'Congress jodo yatra' before 'Bharat jodo yatra'

Azad is a prominent member of the G23 grouping within the Congress which has been critical of the leadership and has been seeking an organisational overhaul.

Edited By: Paras Bisht @ParasBisht15 New Delhi Updated on: December 15, 2022 16:32 IST

Highlights

  • Ghulam Nabi Azad resigns from all Congress posts
  • In a five-page letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he said he does so with a "heavy heart"
  • Azad is a prominent member of the G23 grouping within the Congress

Ghulam Nabi Azad quits Congress: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday resigned from all party positions, including its primary membership, delivering another blow to the embattled party that has seen a series of leaders leave it. 

In a five-page letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he said he does so with a "heavy heart". Before starting a 'Bharat jodo yatra', the leadership should have undertaken a 'Congress jodo yatra', the veteran leader said in his letter.

The Congress, he said, has lost both the will and the ability under tutelage of the coterie that runs the AICC to fight for what is right for India, Azad, part of the G-23 group seeking change in party, said. 

Also Read | Ghulam Nabi Azad resigns from J-K Congress' committee hours after being appointed campaign chairman

Azad is a prominent member of the G23 grouping within the Congress which has been critical of the leadership and has been seeking an organisational overhaul. Azad, retired from the Rajya Sabha and was the outgoing leader of opposition, was not renominated to the upper house.

What Congress party said on Azad's exit

Ghulam Nabi Azad was a senior leader of the Congress. It is saddening that when the party fighting against inflation and polarisation, he decided to quit. It is most unfortunate and regrettable that this has happened when the entire organisation is engaged in combating the BJP on issues of price rise and unemployment. "Contents of the letter is not factual, timing is awful. 

 

Also Read | Is Congress bleeding further? Signs say so after Ghulam Nabi Azad's resignation from J-K unit

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