Ghulam Nabi Azad said goodbye to the Congress after nearly five decades.
Azad claimed that the Congress was now “total destroyed”.
Azad said the Congress leadership was “cheating” in the name of internal elections.
New Delhi. Congress leadership needs to take out ‘Congress Jodo Yatra’ before ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ because veteran and senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has given a big blow to the country’s oldest political party by resigning from the party. With the ouster of Kapil Sibal, Ashwini Kumar and Sunil Jakhar, as well as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids and ill health in recent days… there is no shortage of bad news for the Gandhi family, which has been at the helm of affairs of the Congress.
In fact, Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned from all party posts on Friday. In his resignation letter, he blamed Rahul Gandhi for ruining the party and alleged that for the post of President, he would choose such a person who would remain just a puppet and take all the decisions behind the scenes on his own. Azad alleged that G-23 leaders, who demanded reforms in the party in 2020, were abused, humiliated and defamed in the Congress Working Committee meeting.
Sonia Gandhi’s ill health
Sonia Gandhi, who took over the reins of Congress after Rahul Gandhi quit in 2019, has been battling illness for some time now. She was found infected with Kovid-19 for the second time this month. Earlier, 75-year-old Sonia had to undergo treatment for Kovid-related issues after being corona positive in June. Apart from this, they are ready to travel abroad for medical examination. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also accompany him. The Congress has not revealed any specific date of the yatra or the places she will be visiting.
Meanwhile, secrecy has also been maintained in Rahul Gandhi’s frequent foreign visits. In July, skipping an important Congress meeting, the former party chief left for a ‘personal foreign trip’. The meeting was convened to start preparations for the ‘Bharat Jodo’ Yatra and the internal elections of the Congress.
ED raids in National Herald case
On June 23, the Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the National Herald money laundering case, summoned Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. The two leaders were questioned for over 50 hours amid protests by Congress leaders and workers across the country. The ED had on August 2 raided the headquarters of the Congress-owned ‘National Herald’ newspaper located on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg near Delhi’s ITO and 11 other places as part of its money laundering probe. The National Herald newspaper is published by Associated Journal Limited (AJL) and Young Indian holds a stake in this company. National Herald is registered in the name of AJL.
The move to interrogate Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi came after the ED registered a fresh criminal case under the Anti-Money Laundering Act (PMLA) last year. The ED registered the case after taking cognizance of the investigation conducted by the Income Tax Department against Young Indian by the trial court. In the year 2013, the Income Tax Department had investigated the personal criminal complaint of Bharatiya Janata Party MP Subramanian Swamy. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are among the promoters of Young Indian and they hold majority stake. Sonia Gandhi also has 38 percent stake in Young Indian equal to Rahul Gandhi.
Young and senior leaders leaving Congress
Even as the Congress tried to form a united front and cried out for political vendetta, it was clear that something bad was about to happen and did happen. In May, veteran lawyer and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal decided to contest the Rajya Sabha elections as an independent candidate with the support of the Samajwadi Party. With this Sibal effectively joined a long list of leaders who quit the Congress like Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, RPN. Leaders like Singh, Sushmita Dev, Sunil Jakhar and Hardik Patel left the Congress citing reasons ranging from the party’s lack of grassroots presence to its leadership flaws. The ‘Group of 23’ or ‘G23’ formally came to an end with the exit of Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday.
Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned from all posts of Congress
Significantly, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday resigned from all posts including the primary membership of the party. The Congress, already in trouble, has suffered another setback with Azad’s resignation. Even before this many leaders have left the party. Azad, in a five-page resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, said he was taking this step with a “heavy heart”. Azad, who is part of the G-23 group demanding a change in the party, said the Congress, controlled by some people running the All India Congress Committee (AICC), has lost the will and ability to fight for issues of interest to India.
‘G23 leaders humiliated’
He said in the letter that the party leadership should have taken out ‘Congress Jojo Yatra’ before ‘Bharat Jojo Yatra’. Azad said 23 leaders who wrote letters to draw attention to the weaknesses of the party were abused, humiliated and humiliated. Announcing his resignation from the Congress, he said that elections were not held at any level in the party. Azad said that the situation in the Congress has now reached a state from where it cannot be returned. He said that his representatives are being pushed indirectly for leadership in the party.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : August 27, 2022, 05:30 IST