NEW DELHI: In another blow to the embattled party, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday tendered his resignation from all party positions, including its primary membership.
In a five page letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Azad said he does so with a “heavy heart”. Azad also claimed that a coterie runs the party while she was just a nominal head and all the major decisions were taken by “Shri Rahul Gandhi or rather worse his security guards and PAs”.
The Congress that has seen a series of senior leaders leaves the party expressing unhappiness over the functioning of party.
Speaking over the issue, Congress general secretary Ramesh said that the content of Azad’s letter was “not factual” and called its timing “awful”. “A man who has been treated by the greatest respect by the Congress leadership has betrayed it by his vicious personal attacks which reveals his true character. GNA’s DNA has been modi-fied,” he tweeted.
Azad in the letter has said he has resigned with a “heavy heart”.National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah said that Azad must not be getting respect. “Love showered upon him earlier. Congress was taken aback when 32 leaders wrote a letter. But it has happened before, Congress came back stronger. The country needs a strong opposition,” he told news agency ANI.
BJP leader Kuldeep Bishnoi said that the Congress is in “self-destruction and suicidal” mode, and suggested that Rahul Gandhi should set aside his ego. The BJP leader further welcomed Azad to BJP. “Ghulam Nabi Azad is welcome in BJP. If the party asks me, then I can persuade him to join the party,” Bishnoi said.
Former Congress leader Ashwini Kumar called it a “sad day for the Congress party and for the democracy of the country.”