Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of the highest leaders of the National Assembly, today left the party with a massive attack on Rahul Gandhi, criticizing him for “childish behaviour”, “immature looking”, members” and let “a group of inexperienced associates” run the party.
In his painful five-page resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi, he blamed her son Rahul for the defeat of Congress in the 2014 national elections – a turning point for the party that had struggled to win. won the election since then.
He claimed that Congress was “totally destroyed” and had reached a point of no return, and stamped out a “remote-controlled model” in which Sonia Gandhi was “just a puppet in the world”. meaning” while important decisions were made by “Rahul Gandhi or worse, his security guards and PAs (personal assistants)”.
Mr Azad, 73, is the most senior leader to leave Parliament, which has seen several major retreats over the past few years. There are reports of another senior leader leaving soon.
Honored alongside Padma Bhushan this year, Mr Azad has been accused by a section of Parliament of having friendly relations with the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who describe him as a good friend.
Mr. Azad, a member of Congress for more than five decades, was bombing at a time when all three Gandhis were abroad.
In his farewell address, Mr Azad said that Congress had ceded its political space to the BJP and regional parties “because the leadership over the past eight years has been trying to nurture an individual who is not serious”. in party leadership.
“Unfortunately, after Rahul Gandhi entered politics and especially after January 2013, when he was appointed Vice President by you, the entire pre-existing consultation mechanism was broken by him. quit,” wrote Mr. Azad, pointing out that Sonia Gandhi had noticed the Senior Leadership.
All senior and experienced leaders were cast aside, he said, and a “new group of inexperienced colleagues” began to run party affairs.
“One of the most obvious examples of his immaturity is the fact that Rahul Gandhi tore up a government offering in the face of media scrutiny,” he said.
In 2013, Rahul Gandhi tore up a controversial sentence or special order to absolve legislators found to be ineligible and called it “complete nonsense”, prompting the Congress-led government. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“This childish act completely overthrew the power of the Prime Minister and government of India. This single act more than anything else contributed significantly to the failure of the UPA government in 2014. . from a combination of forces of the right and certain unscrupulous corporate interests,” Azad’s letter reads.
Mr. Azad has continued to document the decline of Congress over the past few years, unsurprisingly.
“Under his administration since 2014 and then that of Rahul Gandhi, Congress humiliatingly lost two Lok Sabha elections. It lost 39 out of 49 parliamentary elections held since 2014 – 2022. The party won only four state elections and was able to enter into coalition status in six.Unfortunately, today Congress governs only in two states and is a partner. very small union in the other two states.”
Mr. Azad said that since the 2019 national elections, the situation has only gotten worse. “After Rahul Gandhi resigned in ‘irritability’ and not before insulting all the senior members of the party who had dedicated their lives to the party during a meeting of the expanded work committee , you have taken up the post of interim president. A position you have continued to this day for the past three years.”
The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir said he joined Parliament in the 1970s, when affiliation with the party at home was still taboo.
Mr Azad is a leading member of the G-23 or group of 23 “dissidents”, who wrote to Sonia Gandhi in 2020 calling for a complete overhaul of the organization and full-time leadership, collective and clear.
He said after that letter he was attacked, defamed and humiliated.
Congress has lost both the will and ability “under partisan tutelage” to run it to fight for what is right for India, Mr. Azad said.
Calling the upcoming polls for a new head a “huge fraud”, he said the “chosen one” would be nothing more than a puppet on a string.
Former member Rajya Sabha said that instead of a “bharat Jodo” campaign – Rahul Gandhi would be traveling the country – the leadership should have participated in a “Jodo Congress” exercise.
Parliament said the resignation of a senior leader shortly before the party’s major “Bharat Jodo” campaign that Rahul Gandhi would tackle was “most regrettable”.