Nephew of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad joins BJP in Jammu
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s nephew Mubashir Azad joined the BJP on Sunday and said he was “influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development work on the ground”.
Mubashir Azad, the son of Ghulam Nabi Azad’s youngest brother, Liaqat Ali, also said his uncle was “disrespected” by the Congress leadership, which hurt his feelings and led him to part ways with the big old party.
He however claimed that he did not discuss the plan to join the BJP with his uncle. Mubashir Azad and his supporters were welcomed into the party fold by Jammu and Kashmir BJP President Ravinder Raina and other senior leaders including former MP Daleep Singh Parihar. His joining the Saffron Party was described by Raina as a “turning point” that will pave the way for more young activists from Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts of the Chenab Valley region to join the party. “The BJP is growing rapidly with the membership of political leaders from opposition parties, social workers from all communities, be they Hindus, Muslims, Gujjars, Bakarwals and Paharis,” he said. In April 2009, Azad’s brother Ghulam Ali also joined the BJP.
Mubashir Azad said: ”The (Congress) party is marred by infighting…while under Modi’s leadership the work for the welfare of the people is being done on the ground.” ”The way whose Congress dealt with (Ghulam Nabi) Azad, one of the charismatic leaders of the party and former chief minister, hurt the feelings of the popular masses. “He was praised by the prime minister for his service to the nation but was sidelined by the party,” Mubashir said.
Azad was part of the G-23, a group of dissident congressional leaders who wrote to party chairwoman Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 demanding an organizational overhaul.
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