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Ghulam Nabi Azad takes stand diametrically opposite to Nitish Kumar’s

Barely a week or more after Bihar Chief Minister said the BJP would be reduced to 50 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha poll, Ghulam Nabi Azad, freshly out of the Indian National Congress (INC), said that his old party would manage not more than 25 seats in the next general election. At his first in Baramulla after his exit from the INC, Ghulam Nabi Azad was candid saying is done and dusted and it was almost impossible for any political party to bring it back.

“I will not mislead anyone. Neither for votes nor for politics will I exploit you. Please don’t rake up issues which can’t be achieved. can’t be restored. It needs a majority in parliament,” Ghulam Nabi Azad told the gathering, clearly hitting out at Kashmir-based mainstream parties.

Parties such as the National Conference and People’s Democratic Party have come together to form the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration to fight for the restoration of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, stripped in 2019.

Demonstrating that the opposition's problem was not limited to every regional leader aspiring to be the prime minister but also pessimism, Ghulam Nabi Azad said today that the INC was going down with every and there was no party in India that could get a majority in parliament and restore Article 370. “Neither the Congress nor any other regional party or leaders … Mamata, DMK, Sharad Pawar or anyone can get back 370," he said.

"For anyone to do so," Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "a party has to get 350 plus seats in the Lok Sabha and also the two-thirds majority in Rajya Sabha. He said in the last election, the Congress won 50-odd seats and that might further come down to 25, but “I pray the Congress does well”.

Ghulam Nabi Azad targeted regional party leaders, saying they should not lie to people to exploit their sentiments.

“Jammu and Kashmir has been going through a difficult phase since 1947 and more than one lakh people have lost lives and leaders have banked on falsehoods to deceive the masses. The politics of exploitation has led to the killing of one lakh people in Kashmir. It has orphaned five lakh children and caused massive distraction” he said adding that he had come to Jammu and Kashmir to fight against falsehoods even if it hurts his political prospects.

The senior politician said he was launching his party in Jammu and Kashmir within the next 10 days to fight politics of exploitation and falsehood. He hinted that he was not using his name for the party nomenclature despite a lot of supporters suggesting so. “I am not a dictator to put my name," he said.

Ghulam Nabi Azad told the gathering that he would fight for achievable things such as restoration of statehood and protection of jobs and land for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir. “I will not raise emotional slogans to win seats. We will have to fight for the restoration of statehood. For this, there is no need for a constitutional amendment,” he said.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister reminded the people that his record on human rights, developmental projects like roads and buildings, the health sector and working discipline in the government sector touched new heights when he led the erstwhile state in 2005 for 2.5 years.

Ghulam Nabi Azad said he had taken strict action against police officers who killed "innocent" civilians in Kashmir. He said during his tenure, he ensured all districts had a hospital. Azad said hundreds of new bridges and roads were built during his chief ministership. “There is hardly a place where my name has not been there in foundation stones…Go to even remote border areas and you will find it.”

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