Ghulam Nabi Azad quits Congress party, resigns from all party posts


Guwahati: In a significant setback for the Congress party, veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has resigned from all positions, including primary membership of the party.

In his resignation letter, Azad said that the Congress party has lost both the will and ability under the tutelage of the coterie that runs the All India Congress Committee to “fight for what is right for India”. 

Recalling his close personal relationship with the Gandhi family, Azad said that he has great personal regard for interim president Sonia Gandhi’s individual trials and tribulations that “would always continue”. He further said that he and some of his colleagues would now “persevere” to “perpetuate the ideals” for which they dedicated their entire adult lives outside the formal fold of the Congress party.

To recall, Azad, a member of the group of 23 leaders who sought systemic changes in the Congress party, had stepped down some days ago as chairman of the campaign committee in Jammu and Kashmir.

Responding to Azad’s exit, the BJP said that the Congress party is a sinking ship with no leadership or ideology.