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Azad spins suspense at Rajouri rally, says not in a 'position' to contest polls
As party leaders put up united show, NC sets tone for 'coordination'
3/14/2014 11:26:11 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Mar 14: In what could be seen as Congress playing the game of suspense on hide and seek pattern, party stalwart Ghulam Nabi Azad today said he was not in favour of contesting Lok Sabha elections as he is under 'pressure' of huge responsibility of ensuring victory in favour of the party on as many seats across the nation. Azad's sudden statement dismissed the speculations of his name for Doda -Udhampur seat which also indicate the decks are now clear for Lal Singh to contest from this constituency. As state unit of Congress put up a united show in kickstarting the campaign from Sunderbani, ruling ally National Conference too set the mood for 'coordination' by extending support to Congress candidate for Jammu-Poonch seat Madan Lal Sharma from the same political turf.
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad arrived today along with PCC chief Prof Saif-u-Din Soz to commence Congress campaign from Sunderbani in district Rajouri, also the bastion of party. However, National Conference which too has its strong base in the border district remained on the forefront with two of its senior leaders Ajay Sadhotra and Devinder Singh Rana sharing the stage of rallies organised at three places in the district today and calling upon the party's committed voters to ensure victory of the alliance candidate. What made a twist in the normal poll rally is the utterance of Ghulam Nabi Azad that he is not in a position to contest the elections as he was faced with the burgeoning responsbility of the party across the country.
While this is not being seen as something as plain as Azad tried to convey, sources said high command in actually not interested and doesn't want him to contest from Doda-Udhampur seat, though he is himself more than inclined in doing so. However, in order to keep a suspense on the things that would unfold in a couple of days, Azad today tried to downplay this as less important and party task much important. Whether things happen on the lines Azad has tried to convey will get clear soon but two things have emerged clearly -one that Congress leadership doesn't want Azad to have 'complete' control or grip over the political situation in the sensitive state and that PCC chief Prof Soz continues to have edge over the matters concerning party in J&K. However, displaying the art of 'unity' both the leaders who have differences widely known, shared the stage of rallies in support of party candidate on the day one of campaign today. Both the leaders sang the tune of all praises in favour of Congress led UPA highlighting development spree in what they projected in all spheres. Matching with the tone and tenor of NC, both the allies came down heavily against BJP.
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