With Congress drawing a blank in Jammu and Kashmir in the parliamentary polls, the state unit of the party is reportedly on the verge of a split with a group of leaders raising a rebellion against the leadership. The group is blaming the state leadership for the failure.
Senior Congress leaders in the state allege that theCongress High Command has imposed a "bunch of unacceptable persons" to lead theparty in J&K.
They say that Jammu & Kashmir is a sensitive State andrunning affairs of a party like the Congress is a huge responsibility."Unfortunately, we have been asked to follow persons with disputed identity,objectionable past and debatable credentials," one of the senior Congressleaders told Greater Kashmir, claiming that most of the leaders have alreadydisapproved the incumbent leadership.
The leader, wishing not to be named, said that they haverequested the party high command to look into their grievances.
Another senior leader alleged that the rise of the BJP inJammu region was the direct consequence of the failure of Congress leaders todeliver on the ground. He said the Congress leadership was committing ahistoric blunder by allowing unacceptable people to run the affairs of theState.
He said quite recently, Leader of Opposition in the RajyaSabha and former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was also told that stateleadership was responsible for the failure in parliament elections. "We alsotold Azad sahib that alliance with National Conference was a unilateraldecision," he said. "We have asked Azad sahib to have a new JKPCC body in thestate."
The senior Congress leader said that the suggestion ofhaving three provincial presidents for Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh met with astiff resistance. "That will divide the people of the state," Azad, accordingto the leader, was told by the participants.
To discuss the party matters, Congress had called a meet onJune 9. However, the party deferred the meeting asserting that the new date forthe meeting shall be declared shortly. The party meeting was scheduled to beaddressed by Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni General Secretary AICC.
JKPCC president Ghulam Ahmad Mir denied any rebellion in theparty. "There is no issue regarding leadership," he told Greater Kashmir. Hesaid they had plan to discuss what led to defeat in Lok Sabha polls and futurestrategy for Assembly elections. "The meeting was postponed as Azad sahib andAmbika Soni were busy on June 9," he said adding the meeting will be held soon.