People of J&K will decide name and flag of my party, Ghulam Nabi Azad says | India News


NEW DELHI: Ghulam Nabi Azad, who recently broke his five-decade-long association with the Congress, announced his own party in Jammu on Sunday.
Sunday’s rally also marked his first public rally after leaving the Congress.
Talking about his new party at the meeting, he said, “I’ve not decided upon a name for my party yet. The people of J&K will decide the name and the flag for the party. I’ll give a Hindustani name to my party that everyone can understand.”
The former senior Congress leader also said, “My party will focus on the restoration of full statehood, right to land and employment to native domicile.”
Azad was accorded a grand reception on his arrival from Delhi, and a procession accompanied him to the venue of the public meeting at Sainik Colony.
Azad, 73, ended his five-decade association with the Congress on August 26, terming the party “comprehensively destroyed”. He also lashed out at Rahul Gandhi for “demolishing” the party’s entire consultative mechanism.
Since Azad’s resignation, a former deputy chief minister, eight former ministers, a former MP, nine legislators besides a large number of Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) members, municipal corporators and grassroots workers from across Jammu and Kashmir defected to the Azad camp.
Hoardings and banners welcoming Azad were put up at the Satwari chowk along the Jammu-Airport road and in the route leading to the venue of the public rally, where seating arrangements for over 20,000 people have been made.
Over 3,000 supporters of Azad, representing different sections of society, have reportedly expressed desire to join hands with him at the public meeting.
“People have tested Azad during his chief ministership (from November 2005 to July 2008) and are eagerly waiting for his return as the next chief minister,” former minister G M Saroori had said. Saroori is among over two dozen prominent legislators who resigned from the Congress in support of Azad.
He said the Azad-led party would be a reality on the political map of Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the next Assembly elections which are likely to be held after the completion of the ongoing process of special summary revision of the electoral rolls on November 25.





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