Ghulam Nabi Azad, who has resigned from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress (INC), has hinted that he would float a new political party in his five-page resignation letter. Giving an indication of his next political move in his resignation letter, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Some of my other colleagues and I will now persevere to perpetuate the ideals for which we have dedicated our entire adult lives outside the fold of the Indian National Congress."
Ghulam Nabi Azad accused the Congress Working Committee (CWC) members of humiliating him after the G-23 leaders wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi. "The only crime committed by the 23 senior leaders who wrote that letter out of concern for the party is that they pointed out both the reasons for the weaknesses in the party and the remedies thereof. Unfortunately, instead of taking those views on board in a constructive and cooperative manner, we were abused, humiliated, insulted and vilified in a specially summoned meeting of the extended CWC meeting," he said.
Meanwhile, GM Saroori, Haji Abdul Rashid, Mohd Amin Bhat, Gulzar Ahmad Wani and Choudhary Mohd Akram, too, have resigned from the primary membership of the Congress "in support of Ghulam Nabi Azad". The development happened hours after Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned from the party.
Senior Congress leader and former minister RS Chib has given away his primary membership of the party too. This happened soon after the resignation of Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Reactions to this high-profile resignation are coming thick and fast. The party today called senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's resignation "unfortunate" and termed the timing "awful", saying it had come at a time when the party is engaged in combating the BJP on various issues.
Azad resigned today from all party positions, including its primary membership, delivering another blow to the embattled party that has seen several stalwarts bid adieu.
"I have no words to express what I feel about his resignation letter. He served in many positions in the party. No one expected he would write such a letter. Earlier, he had written to Sonia Gandhi when she went to the US for a medical checkup," Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, whom the interim president of the INC allegedly wanted to pass on the reins to, said.
Congress acolyte-turned-leader Pawan Khera's reaction was acerbic: "As soon Azad's Rajya Sabha term got over, he became restless; he can't stay without a post even for a second," Khera remarked.
"GNA's DNA has been 'Modi-fied'," INC's Jairam Ramesh said, reacting to Ghulam Nabi Azad's resignation.