New party in 10 days: Ghulam Nabi Azad announces at Jammu and Kashmir meeting, weeks after leaving Congress


At a meeting in Baramulla district, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said his following has multiplied after he left the congress

Ghulam Nabi Azad addresses a meeting in Jammu and Kashmir. Twitter/@ghulamnazad

New Delhi: Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had left Congress last month, said on Sunday that he will announce a new party within 10 days. The veteran politician addressed a public rally in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.

At his first meeting in Jammu and Kashmir after his acrimonious departure from the congress, months after several times raising issues about the internal functioning of the big old party, the 73-year-old leader said that his new party would support the people of the two provinces. of the Union Territory, whose main agenda is to restore the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

“I haven’t chosen a name for my party yet. The people of Jammu and Kashmir will determine the name and flag for the celebration. I will give my party a Hindu name that everyone can understand,” Azad said at the meeting after retiring from the congress.

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“My party will focus on restoring the entire state, the right to land and employment to the indigenous residence,” he had said.

Speaking to bolster his electoral base, the former prime minister of Jammu and Kashmir said his following has multiplied after he left Congress.

Azad was associated with Congress for nearly five decades. Shortly after he left the party, several other party members also announced their departure.

On Saturday, news agency ANI quoted Azad as saying that he met “about 400 people from delegations from 30-35 assembly constituencies in Jammu…. They’ve given their support… and they’ll be a part of every party I make.”

Ghulam Nabi Azad and his new party

In his earlier meeting at the Sainik colony in Jammu, Azad had said that the first unit of his political unit would be formed in Jammu and Kashmir in view of the upcoming election polls.

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He also lashed out at Congress, saying that people are trying to discredit him and his supporters who have left the party, but that their reach is limited to computer tweets.

He criticized the big old party, saying: “Congress was made by us by our blood, not by computers, not by Twitter. People are trying to discredit us, but their reach is limited to computers and tweets. That is why Congress is nowhere to be seen on the ground.”

Azad had said, “I’ve served the Congress party holding every position for the past 53 years, but I’ve never received so much love, even when I’m not holding any position.”

Speaking at the congress, Azad said that people from the party now go to jail in buses, call DGP or commissioners, have their names written and leave within an hour. This is why Congress has not been able to grow.

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Ghulam Nabi Azad and his tough letter of resignation

In his five-page resignation letter to Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi, Azad focused on party leadership, especially Rahul Gandhi, on how the party has functioned for the past nearly nine years.

He had claimed that a coterie runs the party while Sonia Gandhi was only “a nominal head” and that all important decisions were made by “Rahul Gandhi or rather worse his guards and personal assistants”.

Azad had said he resigned with “great regret and an extremely leaden heart” and broke off his 50-year association with Congress. He was previously leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha.

Azad spoke of his long association with Congress and said the situation in the party has reached a point of “no return”.

With input from agencies

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