Setback for Cong, over 50 J&K leaders quit party


Jammu: In a big setback for the Congress, more than 50 senior Congress leaders, including former Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Tara Chand, resigned from the party in support of Ghulam Nabi Azad here on Tuesday.

According to sources, they have submitted a joint resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. 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.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, ended his five-decade association with the Congress on Friday, terming the party “comprehensively destroyed” and lashing out at Rahul Gandhi for “demolishing” its entire consultative mechanism. The veteran J&K leader also said that he will soon launch a national-level party from Jammu and Kashmir.