Priority now to make sure Cong victory in state polls, will marketing campaign wherever known as: Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad

Nearly per week after he and a few of his colleagues, who wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi final yr looking for reforms within the social gathering, addressed an occasion in Jammu that was seen as a present of power by the dissident group, senior Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad Friday signalled that points within the social gathering can wait until completion of the Assembly elections. The social gathering has already deferred the election for the submit of Congress president to June.

Azad mentioned the “priority” now could be to make sure the victory of the Congress within the elections and mentioned he and his colleagues will marketing campaign wherever they’re known as. Asked whether or not a senior chief like him wants an invite, he mentioned he typically campaigns when candidates invite him. “We will campaign for the party and the candidates wherever we are called… ensuring the Congress’s victory will be our focus for the next two months,”Azad informed the media.

His feedback got here days after the Congress requested him and different signatories to final yr’s letter to focus their energies in 5 election-bound states to strengthen the fingers of the social gathering.

The social gathering had not condemned an incident by which a gaggle of Congress staff in Jammu held an illustration in opposition to Azad and burnt his effigy. The Congress had mentioned the folks, simply as Azad, have a free proper to lift their voice.

Azad and Congress leaders Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Raj Babbar and Vivek Tankha had been in Jammu final week.

They addressed a joint public assembly, the place the social gathering management was criticised for not utilising an “experienced” chief like Azad and letting him retire from Rajya Sabha. A day later, Azad praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi as somebody who “does not hide his true self”. Subsequently, Sharma lashed out on the Bengal Congress management for the “alliance” with the Abbas Siddiqui-led Indian Secular Front, saying such association flew within the face of the Congress’s core ideology.

All these strikes had despatched a sign that the internecine battle within the Congress, triggered by the letter, was deepening. Interestingly, 4 senior Congress leaders, who had been among the many signatories of the letter, had disassociated themselves from these actions, signalling a rift within the dissident camp.

While Azad held seat-sharing talks with the DMK in Tamil Nadu within the final Assembly elections, he has not been given any duty up to now. Some of the letter-writers, nevertheless, had been given assignments. While former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan has been made head of the screening committee for collection of candidates in Assam, former Union Minister M Veerappa Moily has been made a “senior observer” for social gathering’s marketing campaign in Tamil Nadu. CWC member Mukul Wasnik has been given the cost of overseeing the preparations in Assam.