SRINAGAR: Fissures in the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee became visible on Wednesday when senior Congress leader and former cabinet minister Gulchain Singh Charak said the biggest mistake was appointing the “pedestrian” and “tainted” incumbent party leadership.
Charak, who is also a member of the Congress Working Committee, a top decision-making body, said the state leadership either has people who have worked against the interests of party or have fought elections against the party or have questionable records or are “merely pedestrian”.
“The result has been that the party could not deliver. The performance of the party in the recent election is before us. Jammu, which was a strong hold of the Congress, is now no-man’s-land for the party,” Charak said. Talking to reporters here during a five day visit to Kashmir Valley, Charak alleged there was resentment among the workers as they were left unaware about decisions taken by the party. “I myself being a senior party member am still unaware of many developments that have taken place in the past,” he said.
In this regard, Charak said he had already written to Sonia Gandhi on July 10, and asked her to look into matter. “I wrote in the letter that if the party won’t correct the situation, it should be considered as my resignation,” he said. “I will wait till August, and after that I will either float a new party or join one among the available options,” he added.
Earlier this month, senior congress leader and former minister Abdul Gani Vakil resigned from the party over the elevation of G A Mir as party state president. Vakil blamed Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for his decision.