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Action Against Azad Loyalists in J&K Likely as GA Mir Flies to Delhi Today to Meet Congress High Command

Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. (File photo/Reuters)

Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. (File photo/Reuters)

The loyalists of Azad, former leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, have now stopped discharging their allotted responsibilities.

With Ghulam Nabi Azad loyalists having publicly gone against the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir, J&K’s Congress President GA Mir was called by the Congress top brass to New Delhi on Tuesday. The Congress leadership is likely to discuss action against the Azad loyalists.

The loyalists of Azad, former leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, have now stopped discharging their allotted responsibilities. This was brought to notice of party high command by GA Mir and a meeting was fixed to discuss the issue.

Early this month, Azad praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “not hiding his true self”, leading to a ‘Congress versus Congress’ situation in J&K with both pro-and anti-Azad protests by party cadre.

Led by Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Shahnawaz Choudhary, the Congress workers raised slogans, burnt Azad’s effigy in protest and demanded action against the senior party leader.

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His statement, they said, was aimed at “weakening the party in Jammu and Kashmir”.

“Had he been so concerned about the party, he should have come to the Union Territory to campaign for Congress candidates during the recently held District Development Council elections,” Shahnawaz was quoted as saying.

first published:March 16, 2021, 10:13 IST