At least six former MLAs, some of them ministers in erstwhile state government, resigned from the grand old party on Friday following Ghulam Nabi Azad’s decision to quit.
While five of them tendered a joint resignation, former cabinet minister RS Chib submitted it separately. But all of them have done it in support of Azad, the ex-health minister of India, former leader of Opposition in Parliament and ex-Chief Minister of J&K.
“Over the years, as a member of the Congress, it has been my sincere endeavour to work for the betterment of Jammu & Kashmir. I feel that in the prevailing circumstances, Congress has lost its momentum in contributing towards the future of my state,” Chib, a close confidant of Azad, said in the letter to party president Sonia Gandhi.
“Keeping in view the turmoil that J&K has witnessed over the past decades, the people require a decisive leader like Ghulam Nabi Azad to guide them towards a better future. I feel that Congress has not been able to play the role that is expected of it,” reads the letter, shared with the media.
“I firmly believe that there is a growing divergence between my views and the views of those at the helm of party affairs. In light of the same, I feel that the best course of action would be for me to part ways with your party,” he said, adding, “Accordingly, I am tendering my resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress.”
Others who tendered joint resignation include former cabinet minister GM Saroori, former MLA Choudhary Muhammad Akram, former MLA Muhammad Amin Bhat, Anantnag district president of the party Gulzar Ahmad and vice-president of J&K Congress Abdul Rashid Dar.