Ghulam Nabi Azad resigns from key post shortly after appointment

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad — long upset with the party — has resigned from a key party post in Jammu and Kashmir, signalling a revolt within.

Made the chairman of the party’s campaign committee, he stepped down from the post shortly after his appointment. He has also resigned from the party’s Jammu and Kashmir political affairs committee.

Sources indicated that Azad saw the appointment as a demotion as he is already a member of the party’s all-India political affairs committee.

A veteran leader, he is also a former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state, served as an union minister and held many important party posts. He was also one of the group of 23 leaders who wrote an explosive letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi two years ago, seeking organisational changes

The resignation of Azad came shortly after his close aide, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, was dropped from the post of the chief of the party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit. Mir had stepped down last month.

The party had effected a thorough organisational shake-up in the Union Territory and appointed Vikar Rasool Wani in place of Mir.