Ghulam Nabi Azad is set to start a new political inning today with a rally in Jammu, a week after he quit the Congress with a ballistic attack on the Gandhis.
Here are top 5 facts from this big story
- Addressing his supporters at the Sainik Ground in Jammu, Mr Azad said he stands with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The 73-year-old is likely to announce the formation of his new party. The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister had last week said he will launch a new party soon. The first unit, he said, will be in Jammu and Kashmir where polls are due.
- “I have not decided upon a name for my party yet. The people of Jammu and Kashmir will decide the name and the flag for the party. I’ll give a Hindustani name to my party that everyone can understand,” he told the meeting.
- The party led by Mr Azad will have the option to tie up with the BJP or mainstream parties in Jammu and Kashmir such as National Conference or PDP. Mr Azad, however, said in an NDTV interview that there is “no question” of a tie-up with the BJP. “Neither they will get benefited, nor I will,” he said.
- The 73-year-old leader quit the Congress days after he rejected a post in the party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit, saying his recommendations for appointments had been ignored. His exit prompted a mass exodus of Congress leaders from the party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit.
- Following his resignation, the veteran leader targeted the Congress high command, accusing Rahul Gandhi of “childish behaviour” and immaturity and of letting a “coterie of inexperienced sycophants” run the party.