Ghulam Nabi Azad resigns from Congress party

Ghulam Nabi Azad
Ghulam Nabi Azad | Photo: PTI

SRINAGAR — In a major setback for the Congress party, its senior leader and former Jammy & Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday resigned from all positions including primary membership of the party.

In a letter to party President, Sonia Gandhi, Azad said, “Unfortunately, after the entry of Rahul Gandhi into politics in 2013, the entire consultative mechanism which existed earlier was demolished by him.”

The 73-year-old leader called Sonia Gandhi “nominal figurehead” and added Rahul Gandhi and his security guards and PAs were involved in taking significant decisions.

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Azad was the Union Health Minister during the UPA-2 era. In June 2014, after the National Democratic Alliance won a majority in the Lok Sabha and formed the Union government, Azad was appointed as the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

Azad’s resignation has come days after the veteran political leader resigned from the post of chairman of the Campaign Committee and Political Affairs Committee of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress hours after his appointment.

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