Named ‘Better J&K’, Azad’s announcement about the rally comes after 64 Valley congressional leaders resigned from the party in his support on Tuesday
New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad will hold his first rally on September 4 where he is likely to launch his party.
Named “Better J&K,” Azad’s announcement about the rally comes after 64 congressional leaders from the valley resigned from the party in his support on Tuesday.
The rally will be held at 11 a.m. on September 4 at Sainik Farms, Sainik Colony, Jammu.
“It is time to pull up our socks and hold hands in this march to rebuild what we have lost. Come join me for a ‘Better J&K’. At 11 a.m. on September 4, Sainik Farms Sainik Colony Jammu,” he said in a message to residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
“I am happy to see people and political leaders from all over Jammu and Kashmir coming to us with heartfelt wishes and a very strong desire for a fresh start,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t let them down.
“Together – Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and others – we will usher in a new era of development and peace in J&K. We have suffered enough,” he added.
Earlier on Tuesday, 64 senior congressional leaders, including former deputy chief minister Tara Chand, joined Azad’s soon-to-be-launched national policy team, saying Azad’s vision will shape a bright new future. for Jammu and Kashmir.
Chand and others including former ministers Abdul Majid Wani, Manohar Lal Sharma, Gharu Ram and former MP Balwan Singh announced their resignation from Congress at a press conference.
Azad, 73, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, ended his five-decade association with Congress on Friday, calling the party “completely destroyed” and lashing out at Rahul Gandhi for “tearing down “all of its advisory mechanism.
“Due to the circumstances and leadership crisis within the Congress party, where a coterie surrounding the high command of the party fires shots in the most irresponsible manner and ruins the party.
“We all had a very long association with the party for decades and devoted all our energy and resources to the expansion of the party in Jammu and Kashmir, but unfortunately we found that the treatment meted out to us was humiliating,” Balwan Singh said, reading from the joint resignation letter signed by 64 leaders and senior officials from across Jammu province.
The letter further said “with our leader and mentor Ghulam Nabi Azad having resigned from the party over the issue he listed in a letter he addressed to you (Sonia), we believe that we should also come out of Congress to bring a valuable contribution to building a positive political society where people are heard and also react.
“We all support Azad and will join him on his journey to lead J&K into a bright future,” they said in the resignation letter.
Saying that Jammu and Kashmir is facing an unprecedented crisis in the absence of an elected government, Balwan Singh said Azad’s decision to launch a nationwide party from here will inspire the hope and a new determination to settle things once and for all.
“We are confident that J&K will be able to regain statehood after a three-year hiatus under Azad’s leadership. He is the single and most powerful voice for J&K statehood and early elections,” said he declared.
Singh said Azad is an eternal hope for the people of J&K to bridge the gaps between regions and communities.
“We are sure that his vision (of Azad) will help J&K and its depressed masses emerge from the darkness of pessimism and shape a new and bright future for J&K,” he said.
More than a dozen prominent Congress leaders, including former ministers and legislators, as well as hundreds of members of the Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI), municipal corporators, and district and bloc leaders have already left Congress to join Azad in the past four days.