New Delhi/Jammu : The Congress has received a setback from the party’s rebel faction G-23. Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday appointed former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad as the head of the party’s campaign committee in the union territory, but he turned down the offer. As part of organizational reforms in Jammu and Kashmir, Sonia Gandhi appointed Vikar Rasool Wani, considered close to Ghulam Nabi Azad, as the new president of her Jammu and Kashmir unit. Azad is a prominent member of ‘G23’ of Congress. The group has been critical of the party leadership and has been demanding an organizational change.
Reshuffle in party’s J&K unit
According to media reports, Ghulam Nabi Azad was not sent to the Upper House again after retiring from the Rajya Sabha. Congress appointed senior leader Raman Bhalla as working president of the Pradesh Congress Committee. Former PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra has been named as the vice-chairman of the campaign committee. Hours after the appointments were made public, quoting sources, it is learned that Azad refused to accept Gandhi’s offer. Wani, however, replaces Ghulam Ahmad Mir, who resigned in July after holding the position for eight years.
Sonia Gandhi formed committee
Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal said that Sonia accepted the resignation of Ghulam Ahmad Mir from the post of state president and appointed Rasool Wani as the president in his place. Considered close to Azad, Wani is a senior state Congress leader and has been an MLA from Banihal. Sonia Gandhi also constituted seven committees, including the Election Campaign Committee and Political Affairs Committee (PAC) for the Jammu and Kashmir Congress Committee, the statement said.
Congress is preparing for the assembly elections
The party has also constituted Coordination Committee, Manifesto Committee, Publicity and Publicity Committee, Disciplinary Committee and State Election Committee for Jammu and Kashmir. The Legislative Assembly in Jammu and Kashmir has not been in existence since the abrogation of the special provisions of Article 370 on August 5, 2019. The delimitation work has been completed. At present, nothing has been clarified by the government regarding the date of the assembly elections. It is believed that preparations are being made by the Congress for the possible assembly elections.