Jammu, Aug 28 (PTI) Dozens of leaders and activists, who resigned from Congress following in the footsteps of Ghulam Nabi Azad, gathered on Sunday under the leadership of former Jammu and Kashmir Minister GM Saroori .
Azad, a Congress veteran who resigned from the party on August 26, is due to arrive in Jammu on September 4. He announced the creation of a new party starting with Jammu and Kashmir where assembly polls are scheduled.
“Over 500 prominent Congress leaders and workers, including corporators, panchayat members and bloc leaders, have resigned from the party in support of Azad. The meeting was called to send the message that we all stand with Azad” , Saroori told PTI.
“In the coming days, you will see political stalwarts across the country strengthen the hands of Azad by becoming members of his party. Given that J&K is likely to go to assembly elections after the completion of a special summary revision of the electoral lists on November 25, Azad’s center of interest is here,” he said.
Saroori, a former deputy chairman of the State Unity Congress, said the new party would contest the 90 assembly seats and “we are confident that Azad will be the next chief minister of Jammu and -Cashmere”. He said the doors of the new party would be open to all secular people and parties.
Former lawmakers Haji Abdul Rashid, Mohammad Amin Bhat, Gulzar Ahmad Wani and Choudhary Mohd Akram were present at the meeting, which saw several new faces including former attorney general Mohammad Aslam Goni join Azad’s side.
Azad, 73, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, ended his five-decade association with Congress on Friday, calling it ‘completely destroyed’ and lashing out at Rahul Gandhi for ‘tearing it down’ its entire advisory mechanism.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir BJP Chairman Ravinder Raina has said his party is capable of winning the upcoming assembly elections on its own.
“Azad’s resignation revealed the leadership of the Congress…what he will do next is his own decision. If he has decided to start his own party, no one can stop him,” he said. he declares.
Raina said the BJP would have no pre-election alliance with any party because “we are capable of winning the elections by our own strength. We will win more than 50 seats and the next chief minister will be BJP.” PTI TAS SMN