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51 Jammu-Kashmir Congress leaders to quit, join Ghulam Nabi Azad’s party

In the midst of a rebellion by veterans, the Indian National Congress (INC) faces another round of disintegration as 51 members of the party's Jammu and Kashmir unit are leaving to join Ghulam Nabi Azad's proposed party. Since Azad resigned, 64 leaders have the party.

The rebels include former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand who resigned from the party in support of Ghulam Nabi Azad here today.

They submitted a joint resignation letter to INC president Sonia Gandhi.

Chand and many others, including former ministers Abdul Majid Wani, Manohar Lal Sharma, Gharu Ram and former Balwan Singh, announced their resignations from the INC, including its primary membership, at a press conference. "We have submitted a joint resignation letter to Congress president in support of Azad," Balwan Singh said.

Azad, 73, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, ended his five-decade association with the Congress on Friday, terming the party “comprehensively destroyed” and lashing out at Rahul Gandhi for “demolishing” its entire consultative mechanism. He will soon a national-level party from Jammu and Kashmir.

Over a dozen prominent INC leaders, including former ministers and legislators, besides hundreds of Panchayati Raj Institution members, municipal corporators and district and block level leaders have already the remnant of India's oldest political party to join Azad.

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