At his first public meeting in Jammu after his resignation from Congress, veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad announced the launch of his political group which will focus on the restoration of a full state, the right to land and the native home employment.
The former Congress leader said the first unit of his political team would be formed in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the upcoming assembly election.
“My party will focus on restoring a full state, the right to land and employment in the indigenous home,” Azad said.
The former Union Minister, however, announced that he had not yet chosen a name for his party. “People of Jammu and Kashmir will decide the name and flag of the party. I will give my party a Hindustani name that everyone can understand,” Azad said at the rally after breaking his five-decade association with the Congress.
Taking on Congress, Azad, who resigned from the cross-party post last week, said “people are trying to defame us (me and my followers who left the party) but their reach is limited to computer tweets.”
“Congress was made by us by our blood, not by computers, not by Twitter. People try to defame us but their reach is limited to computers and tweets. That’s the reason Congress is nowhere to be found on the ground,” he said.
“I thank everyone who has supported me through their resignations, WhatsApp messages and other media from all over the country since I resigned from the party. I have served the Congress Party by holding all positions during for the past 53 years, but I’ve never received so much love even when I’m not in any position,” Azad added.
Taking a flashpoint in Congress, Azad said members of Congress now go to jail on buses, call the DGP or commissioners, have their names written down and leave within the hour. This is the reason why the Congress could not develop.
In his resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi, Azad had targeted party leaders, particularly Rahul Gandhi, over the way the party has been run for the past nearly nine years.
(With ANI, PTI inputs)