Home / News / India /  Ghulam Nabi Azad quits Congress, blames Rahul Gandhi for party's debacle

In a big a blow to Congress party, veteran party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has resigned from the primary membership.   In a letter to Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, Azad wrote, “Congress has lost will and ability under the tutelage of coterie that runs All India Congress Committee (AICC)".

Further Azad wrote, " Unfortunately, after the entry of Rahul Gandhi into politics in 2013...the entire consultative mechanism which existed earlier was demolished by him".

In a five page letter to Sonia Gandhi, Azad bashed Rahul Gandhi's way of working. He also criticised party's election process. Before starting a 'Bharat jodo yatra', the leadership should have undertaken a 'Congress jodo yatra', the veteran leader said in his letter.

The 73-ear-old leader called Sonia Gandhi "nominal figurehead" and added Rahul Gandhi and his security guards and PA's were involved in taking significant decisions.

“Unfortunately, the situation in the Congress party has reached such a point of no return that now proxies' are being pepped up to take over the leadership of the Party. This experiment is doomed to fail because the Party has been so comprehensively destroyed that situation has become irretrievable", Azad added.

Calling the party's election process a sham Azad wrote, "Unfortunately, at the National level we have conceded the political space available to us to the BJP and state level space to regional parties. This all happened because the leadership in the past 8 years has tried to foist a non-serious individual at the helm of the Party. The entire organizational election process is a farce and a sham. At no place anywhere in the country have elections been held at any level of the organisation. Handpicked lieutenants of the AICC has been coerced to sign on lists prepared by the coterie that runs the AICC siting in 24 Akbar Road. At no place in a booth. block, district or state was an electoral roll published, nominations invited. scrutinized, polling booths set up and elections held. The AICC leadership is squarely responsible for perpetrating a giant fraud on the party to perpetuate it's hold on the ruins of what once was a national movement that fought for and attained the Independence of India".

Azad was the Union Health Minister during 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 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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