Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned from every position, including his position as the Congress Party’s founding member.Azad wrote a five-page letter to Sonia Gandhi, the party’s president, stating that the situation in the Congress has reached a “point of no return.”
Azad wrote, “Congress has lost will and ability under the tutelage of coterie that runs All India Congress Committee (AICC)”.
Azad continued, “Unfortunately, after the entry of Rahul Gandhi into politics in 2013…the entire consultative mechanism which existed earlier was demolished by him”.
Rahul Gandhi’s method of operation was criticised by Azad in a five-page letter to Sonia Gandhi. He criticised the party’s election procedure as well. The veteran leader wrote in his letter that the leadership ought to have started a “Congress jodo yatra” before beginning a “Bharat jodo yatra.”
“All senior and experienced leaders were sidelined and new coterie of inexperienced sycophants started running the affairs of the party,” he said.
In his letter, Azad detailed his years of party service and said that he had “decided to sever my half-century old association with Indian National Congress” with “great regret and an extremely leaden heart.”
During the UPA-2 era, Azad served as the Union Health Minister. Azad was chosen to serve as the opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha in June 2014, following the formation of the Union government and the National Democratic Alliance’s victory in the Lok Sabha.
Azad’s resignation comes days after the seasoned politician resigned from his position as the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress’ political affairs and campaign committees just hours after being appointed.