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Ghulam Nabi Azad Dropped From Key Congress Panel After Loyalists Quit Party Posts In J&K

After his loyalists quit party positions in J&K, Ghulam Nabi Azad was dropped from Congress' Disciplinary Action Committee by Sonia Gandhi on Thursday. 

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After his loyalists quit party posts in J&K, Ghulam Nabi Azad was dropped from Congress' Disciplinary Action Committee by Sonia Gandhi on Thursday. In the reconstituted panel, former Defence Minister AK Antony will serve as the chairman whereas Ambika Soni, Tariq Anwar, JP Agarwal and G Parameshwara are the members. Apart from Motilal Vohra who passed away recently, ex-Maharashtra CM Sushil Kumar Shinde and former Arunachal Pradesh CM Mukut Mithi also did not find a place in the committee. A part of G23, Azad was not renominated to the Rajya Sabha after his term elapsed in February earlier this year. 

Rift in J&K Congress

Ex-MLAs and Ministers such as GM Saroori, Vikar Rasool Wani, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Manohar Lal Sharma, Naresh Gupta, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Subash Gupta, Amin Bhat and Anwar Bhat have submitted their resignations to party president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and AICC J&K in-charge Rajani Patil, sources told Republic TV. This development is being perceived as a pressure tactic to seek the ouster of Ghulam Ahmad Mir as the J&K Congress president. Sources indicated that many leaders are unhappy as Mir has been allowed to continue despite him and his son losing the Lok Sabha and DDC polls respectively. 

Moreover, there is resentment owing to the Congress top brass allegedly neglecting the fact that hundreds of leaders have left the party during the tenure of Mir. A day earlier, Ghulam Nabi Azad addressed a massive rally in Kathua alongside many of his loyalists who resigned. However, speaking exclusively to Republic TV, he denied that this was a "show of strength". 

Azad remarked, "I travel to internal areas of Jammu and Kashmir and for long it was not possible because of bifurcation of J&K and then COVID-19. This is just to know about people; inflation is rising and so is COVID-19. No one consulted me on the (resignation) letter. I read it a day later since I was in no connectivity area. I came to know only after the world knew it. The senior Congress leader added, " Internal tussle is even there in the ruling party, we have more internal democracy (in Congress). Even their ministers speak (against the government). This shouldn’t happen". 

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