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AICC senior leaders KC Venugopal, Ambika Soni and Ghulam Nabi Azad during a meeting with JKPCC senior leaders in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Gopal Sharma

JAMMU, 13th July: Leaving aside all differences and rising above any factionalism within the party, the Congress will show a united face in Jammu and Kashmir and former J&K Chief Minister and top leader of the AICC, Ghulam Nabi Azad will lead the party forward in the upcoming UT Assembly elections.
This was unanimously resolved at a meeting of senior J&K party leaders held in New Delhi today in the presence of AICC Secretary General KC Venugopal, AICC Senior Leaders Ambika Soni and Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Venugopal, who represented party chair Sonia Gandhi at the meeting, stressed the need to present a united face in the Jammu and Kashmir faction-dominated Congress. He said if the party really wants to perform well in the upcoming assembly elections, then all leaders putting aside their differences, if any, must show a united face and stand for election with full force. In this way, they will be able to carry out a hard fight against the opponents, otherwise, the party could face the debacle, he affirmed.
The AICC Secretary General, who was accompanied by Ambika Soni, a close associate of AICC President Sonia Gandhi, further requested J&K party cadres to lend their full support to Ghulam Nabi Azad , who could lead the party in the next elections. He said if the party manages a good number of seats, he can form the next alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir.
Ambika Soni, while addressing J&K executives, said she has been associated with Jammu and Kashmir for about 20 years. Soni also pointed to the united face of the party at J&K and said there was a lot of hope for the party’s high command from J&K cadres. It is certain that if they fight a united fight, the party can form the next government in J&K in alliance. She hoped J&K party cadres would give her a “surprise gift” after the upcoming election.
The two leaders also advised the JKPCC leaders to fight united against the ruling BJP’s anti-people and anti-youth policies and defeat their divisive agenda in Jammu and Kashmir. They asked them to strengthen the party and intensify their activities keeping an eye on the upcoming assembly elections.
They asked party leaders to focus on their respective areas and be among the people to highlight their problems. They appreciated the leaders and cadres of the party for their struggle and commitment to fight communal and divisive forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
Azad, in his brief address, assured party cadres to prepare party activities starting July 20 at J&K and said he would cover every nook and cranny of J&K during his campaign. Azad said he has the ability to address at least 15 public meetings a day and after improving his health now he is fully charged and feeling energetic to take on this responsibility of spearheading the party’s campaign in Jammu -and-Kashmir. He said the party would decide later whether to contest alone or in alliance with any other like-minded party. He asked party cadres to reach out to people and project their problems.
Azad told J&K party leaders that he had recommended four names for the position of new president and that it is now up to the party high command to make a decision on the new face.
AICC management also discussed with senior J&K leaders the current political situation of J&K and preparations for the elections. KC Venugopal and Ambika Soni during interactions with J&K leaders discussed the current political situation in Jammu and Kashmir in addition to the preparations for the elections.
During the meeting, Vice President of JKPCC, GM Saroori stood up and openly opposed the candidacy of Vikar Rasool and said that being the youngest would not be acceptable to him and many other senior leaders. He also alleged that some people within the cadre are trying to defame him by projecting that he is joining another party which is totally baseless and malicious propaganda just to block his candidacy. He also spoke about the events, how he was sacked as a minister, remaining for barely a year and a half, after a plot against him.
Rajni Patil, AICC’s J&K Affairs Officer, was unable to attend today’s deliberations due to illness.
The two-day deliberations focused on the organizational affairs of the party in addition to the overall political situation, including the preparation and scenario for the upcoming elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
J&K executives’ one-on-one meetings with KC Venugopal also continued for day two today, with one-on-one meetings with top executives from Jammu and Kashmir.
Later, several leaders shared their contributions and views with the leaders in separate meetings already scheduled.
Those who attended the joint meeting include GA Mir, Raman Bhalla, ex-Dy CM Tara Chand, ex-MP Tariq Karra, Peerzada Mohd Sayeed, Taj Mohiuddin, Mula Ram, GM Saroori, GN Monga, Haji Abdul Rasheed, Yogesh Sawhney , Th Balwan Singh, Jugal Kishore, Neeraj Kundan, Vikar Rasool, Ravinder Sharma, Jahangeer Mir, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, Th Balbir Singh, Gulzar Ahmed Wani and Amin Bhat.
Those who met Venugopal separately on the sidelines of the meeting at the Congress War Room at 15, Gurudwara Raqabganj Road, Delhi included – GA Mir, Peerzada Mohd Sayeed, Taj Mohiuddin, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Abdul Hamid Karra, Abdul Majid Wani, Viqar Rasool and Jehangir Mir.
Four leaders including GM Saroori, Haji Abdul Rashid, Gulzar Wani and Amin Bhat met as a group with the AICC Secretary General and had a long talk.
Party sources said the name of the new JKPCC chairman is expected to be announced after Sunday as AICC Vice Chairman Rahul Gandhi was abroad and is expected to return next Sunday.

Joseph K. Bennett