After 50 Years in Congress, Why Ghulam Nabi Sought Azadi from Party, Rahul Gandhi

Ghulam Nabi Azad selected the day of exit properly, and with a lot thought. He completes 50 years within the Congress. The azadi of Ghulam Nabi leaves his former social gathering in shreds and tied in lots of knots.

Ghulam Nabi first contested the Lok Sabha polls when Indira Gandhi known as him and advised him, a Kashmiri, to go to Maharashtra and combat. He may by no means say no, so he fought and received. Since then, Azad has earned the tag of being staunchest loyalist of the Congress and the Gandhis.

One of many few leaders who ranged from Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi to Sonia Gandhi, Azad has labored and merged simply into their working type. However the one particular person he was by no means comfy with was Rahul Gandhi.

When requested earlier, Azad had mentioned that it was mistaken to imagine that he was “uneasy with Rahul and his crew due to generational hole and alter. The identical generational change was when Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi took cost”.

Because the letter explains, Azad and lots of like him, some, who’re a part of G-23, mentioned they have been feeling disregarded.

“The one crime dedicated by the 23 senior leaders …is that they identified the explanations for the weaknesses of the social gathering and the cures thereof. Sadly, as an alternative of taking these views on board in a constructive and cooperative method, we have been abused, humiliated, insulted and vilified in a specifically summoned assembly of the prolonged CWC assembly, Azad wrote within the letter.

Azad was very upset when CWC mentioned the G-23 letter, believed to be the brainchild of Azad, and at that assembly, many like Ambika Sonia mentioned he was talking the language of the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP). Some used some very arduous phrases and actually one chief known as him a “traitor”.


It displays on the state of affairs within the Congress and unease many have with Rahul Gandhi’s type of politics and operating the social gathering. Most who’ve left the social gathering specifically Jitin Prasada or Jyotiraditya Scindia, have all had one thing in frequent with what Azad wrote in his letter — the inaccessibility of the Gandhis, particularly Rahul Gandhi.

“I’ve been with this social gathering since 1977 and labored for social gathering. Fallacious to say I would like something. I resigned from all posts. All I wished was respect and Rahul Gandhi to face by me. They humiliated me in conferences. I wanted properly for the social gathering. Our options have been for the great of social gathering,” Azad advised News18.

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It’s a truth many complain about that it’s close to inconceivable to get an appointment with Rahul Gandhi. One has to both await days or in the event that they get the time, they’re dismissed inside minutes. “The whole group course of is a farce and a sham. At no place anyplace within the nation, have elections been held for any stage of the group. Handpicked lieutenants of the AICC have been coerced to signal on lists ready by the coterie that runs the AICC sitting in 24 Akbar Highway,” wrote Azad.

An anecdote goes that Jagdambika Pal, when he was with the Congress, had been ready for a long-promised appointment with Rahul Gandhi. He lastly met him in parliament and sat within the automobile with him. When Rahul Gandhi reached his dwelling, he mentioned bye to Pal, even with out exchanging a phrase. Sonia Gandhi was additionally not, too, accessible, however she would make it a degree to be in contact.

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“Sadly, the scenario within the Congress social gathering has reached such a degree of no return that now proxies are being propped as much as take over the management of the social gathering. This experiment is doomed to fail…The Congress has conceded the political house accessible to the BJP and state stage house to regional events. This all occurred as a result of the management up to now eight years has tried to foist a non-serious particular person on the helm of the social gathering,” Azad alleged within the letter, with out taking the title of Rahul Gandhi.

Azad’s exit may open floodgates to others from G-23 leaving the social gathering as properly. Might Anand Sharma be subsequent?


The Congress has expressed remorse on the feedback of Azad and his private assault on the Gandhis. The Congress launched a video of Rahul Gandhi which exhibits him saying that those that can’t be concerned with the wrestle of the Congress at this crucial stage have the selection to go away.

The Congress is clearly poised at a generational change. And even when Rahul Gandhi doesn’t grow to be the president, it’s clear he reasonably than Sonia Gandhi could be the fulcrum of energy within the social gathering.

Over time, Rahul Gandhi has been constructing his group with people who find themselves akin to his concepts. This group is prone to get extra highly effective and those that left or have spoken out are going to be seen as pariahs or traitors. Rahul Gandhi has had this grievance, which he additionally expressed through the CWC, through which he resigned, that many didn’t assist him on crucial points.

Many of those have been on points like Rafale, Chowkidar Chor Hai and Pegasus.

Rahul Gandhi and his supporters hope that this “cleaning” or the Kamaraj plan will occur with the previous guard leaving on their very own.

The problem for the Congress and Gandhis is now to win polls to inform G-23 members that “we did it”.

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