Azad implied that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was only a figurehead and it was Mr Gandhi who was taking all the choices
New Delhi: In an enormous blow to the Congress, veteran chief Ghulam Nabi Azad give up from all celebration posts and ended his 50-year- previous affiliation with the celebration. Launching a scathing assault on Rahul Gandhi, Mr Azad mentioned Mr Gandhi had “demolished” the “total consultative mechanism” within the celebration, sidelined all “senior and skilled” leaders and let a “new coterie” of “inexperienced sycophants” run the celebration.
He implied that Congress president Sonia Gandhi was only a figurehead and it was Mr Gandhi who was taking all the choices. Taking over the “coterie”tradition, he wrote in his resignation letter to Mrs Gandhi: “Worse nonetheless, the distant management mannequin that demolished the institutional integrity of the UPA authorities now acquired utilized to the Indian Nationwide Congress. When you are only a nominal figurehead, all of the vital selections had been being taken by Shri Rahul Gandhi or somewhat worse, his safety guards and PAs.”
Leaders near Mr Azad declare that he’ll quickly be beginning his personal outfit in Jammu and Kashmir earlier than the proposed Meeting elections within the state. 5 former MLAs of the celebration from J&Ok give up the Congress in help of Mr Azad. Sources say he’s eager on a brand new outfit on his house turf, and likewise needs to be a power within the coming Meeting elections. Many extra leaders of the Congress are prone to go along with Mr Azad, leaving the grand previous celebration in disarray within the state.
The previous Chief of the Opposition within the Rajya Sabha claimed that the celebration has “reached some extent of no return” as “proxies” are put up for management roles and known as the approaching organisational elections “a farce and a sham”. He added: “This experiment is doomed to fail as a result of the celebration has been so comprehensively destroyed that the state of affairs has grow to be irretrievable. Furthermore, the chosen one could be nothing greater than a puppet on a string.”
Chiding the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” on account of begin subsequent month, he mentioned: “In truth, earlier than beginning a Bharat Jodo Yatra, the management ought to have undertaken a Congress Jodo train throughout the nation.” Hitting out at Mr Gandhi, he mentioned: “Probably the most evident examples of his immaturity was the tearing up of the federal government ordinance within the full glare of the media in 2013 by Rahul Gandhi. This infantile behaviour fully subverted the authority of the Prime Minister and the Authorities of India.”
In his letter, Mr Azad wrote to Mrs Gandhi: “Beneath your stewardship since 2014 and subsequently that of Rahul Gandhi, the Congress has misplaced two Lok Sabha elections in a humiliating method. It has misplaced 39 out of the 49 Meeting elections held between 2014 and 2022.” He additional added that for the reason that 2019 normal election the state of affairs has solely worsened. “After Rahul Gandhi stepped down in a ‘huff’ and never earlier than insulting all of the senior celebration functionaries who’ve given their lives to the celebration in a gathering of the prolonged working committee, you took over as interim president. A place that you’ve got proceed to carry even at the moment for the previous three years.”
Mr Azad claimed that the Congress had conceded its political area to the BJP and regional events “as a result of the management prior to now eight years has tried to foist a non-serious particular person” on the helm of the celebration. He was additionally a key member of the G-23 change-seekers’ group who had written a letter to the Congress president in 2020 searching for sweeping modifications within the celebration. He mentioned after the letter he had been humiliated, attacked and vilified. Even a mock funeral was taken out in Jammu. Mr Azad additionally talked about that the home of a former Congress chief, Kapil Sibal, who was additionally part of the G-23 grouping, was additionally attacked by Congress staff however the management stored mum.
Curiously, Mr Azad praised Mrs Gandhi for her tenure as celebration chief through the UPA-1 and UPA-2 governments. He added that this was as a result of she heeded the wiser counsels of senior leaders.
The exit of Mr Azad comes as one other main blow for the Congress. The final one 12 months has seen main exits from the Congress, which embrace Kapil Sibal, Capt. Amarinder Singh, Ashwani Kumar, R.P.N. Singh, Jitin Prasada and Sunil Jakhar, amongst a number of different leaders.