Azad to focus on strengthening Congress in J&K

Senior Congress leader GhulamNabi Azad on Saturday hinted that he would devote more time to J&K to strengthen the party in the State, ahead of the next Assembly election, party leaders said.

Congress insiders said that Azad held a series of meeting with party leaders from Jammu at his official residence in the winter capital. The state Congress president GA Mir attended the meetings.

“Several senior leaders from Jammu, Kathua, Samba, and Udhampur district were summoned in the morning and discussions were held on strengthening the party at the grassroots level,” said a Congress leader, who attended the meeting. Azad also chaired separate meetings with leaders from Rajouri and Poonch districts and those from Chenab valley, while detailed deliberations were held with over 100 party members from all the assembly constituencies of the districts.

The party leader said Azad, leader of opposition in RajyaSabha and former J&K Chief Minister, indicated that he would devote more time to Jammu and Kashmir. “He may return to Jammu and Kashmir for at least four months after the end of monsoon session of Parliament,” the Congress leader said.

“The Congress leadership is seriously working on a plan to revive the party in J&K and form the next government. They have sent Azad sahib to look after the party affairs, and more importantly to end lobbyism,” said the party leader.

During the meeting, some of the Congress members suggested of giving equal importance to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh divisions if the party wants to revive itself in the State, said the Congress leader.

Another senior Congress leader said the AICC has made its mind to “specially” depute Azad to J&K to strengthen the party in the State, ahead of the next Assembly elections.

During the meeting, emphasis was given on starting public contact campaign in all assembly constituencies.