Several J&K Congress leader resign

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Hours after Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned from the Congress on Friday, several leaders of the party in Jammu and Kashmir also quit. They included at least five former lawmakers and Ministers.


They include former Ministers R S Chib and G M Saroori and senior leaders Choudhary Muhammad Akram, Muhammad Amin Bhat and Gulzar Ahmad.
In his resignation letter, Chib said the Congress has lost momentum in contributing towards the future of Jammu and Kashmir.

“I feel the best course of action for me would be to part ways with your party,” he said.
The new Jammu and Kashmir Congress President, Viqar Rasool Wani, said he was committed to rejuvenating the party under “the able leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi”.

Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Saifuddin Soz said Azad should have resolved the issues within the party. “He won’t get the same respect outside the Congress,” Soz said.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Congress President G A Mir termed Azad’s resignation as “very unfortunate” and said the development was expected for a long time.

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