After playing a long innings of politics in Delhi, former Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is now again finding his political ground in Jammu and Kashmir. If sources are to be believed, Azad may announce the formation of his new party on September 4. However, it is not yet clear whether Azad will enter the electoral fray from the Valley or will continue in the role of ‘King Maker’.
This was the condition of Congress in the 2014 elections
There was a flurry of resignations in support of Azad in the valley. The total vote share of the leaders who have resigned in the 2014 elections was only 4.5%. The Congress contested 86 assembly seats here, winning only 12 and forfeiting deposits in 47. As a result, the Congress remained the number four party in Kashmir. Congress party got 8,67,883 votes. Which is 18.01% of the total votes.
Azad won one election
Azad has contested elections in the Valley thrice so far, winning only one of them. That too when he was the Chief Minister.
Azad contested the first election in 1977 from the Inderwal assembly constituency. In this he got only 959 votes and he lost.
For the second time, after becoming the Chief Minister in 2005, he had won from Bhaderwah assembly seat in the April 2006 by-election.
For the third time, in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Azad lost to Dr. Jitendra Singh of the BJP by over 60,000 votes.
Angry Azad resigned
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad left the Congress on 26 August. Azad had sent a five-page letter to the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi as his resignation, accusing him of ignoring her recommendations.
Ghulam Nabi Azad was part of G-23 group
Ghulam Nabi was also a part of the G23 group apart from the Azad Party, which advocates many major changes in the party. In the midst of all those activities, this resignation has raised questions on Ghulam Nabi Azad and his relationship with the Congress.