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|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Feb 9: Ghulam Nabi Azad's purported announcement of dissociating himself from various committees announced yesterday by Rahul Gandhi, has once again brought into fore his difference with PCC president G A Mir and factionalism in State unit of Congress.
These committees, particularly Election Campaign Committee and Publicity Committee, clearly tell about groupism in the State Congress as various senior leaders, who have given decades to the party, have not been included in any of these panels whereas some blue eyed without any designation in the organization, have been inducted in all the committees.
More ironic is the placement of senior most leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, whose name has been mentioned at serial number three in the Campaign Committee. The PCC president G A Mir is chairman and hence on number one in this committee. He is followed by Nawang Rigzin Jora and then Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Further, maximum of the Azad camp leaders in State Congress, have not been adjusted in any of these committees notwithstanding their decades long services to the party in different capacities. These include Brij Mohan, Advocate M K Bhardwaju, Vinod MIshra, Maheshwar Singh, Shakti Shah, Shahsi Sharma, Ashok Dubey, Kulbir Pathania, Subash Bhagat, Arun Sharma, Mohan Choudhary, Sardari Lal Dubey and others. Only former Ministers having allegiance to the Azad camp have been adjusted in these committees but again attempt has been made to downsize their stature by keeping them below the names of some Tom Dick and Herry.
Sham Lal Sharma, who is considered as tallest Congress leader in Jammu province, has been listed at number 12 in the campaign committee.
It was all because of these intentional blunders that even Ghulam Nabi Azad, who used to avoid publically expressing his likings or disliking for anyone in the party, openly criticized these committees by dissociating himself from the same and thus conveying his displeasure with the PCC president.