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Is Azad finally free from Congress quandary?
Veteran Congressman prefers silence as his party ups ante against new land laws
10/29/2020 12:05:19 AM
Early times Report

Jammu, Oct 28: It is becoming evidently clear that Congress party in Jammu and Kashmir is in complete disarray with its senior-most leader looking the other way when his party was busy spitting venom against the recently amended land laws for the erstwhile state.
The leader in question is Ghulam Nabi Azad whose tweet on Wednesday raised many eyebrows. While his party issued a formal statement against the new land laws declaring that the Congress party will fight for the core interests of Jammu and Kashmir, Azad spoke about the non payment of wages to doctors. “In this period of COVID crisis, non-payment of salaries by North MCD to doctors who are frontline warriors is shameful & deplorable. North MCD & Delhi Govt should not indulge in politics on the issue & ensure that the doctors are paid their salary immediately. #HINDURAOHOSPITAL,” tweeted Azad who has more than 96 thousand followers on twitter.
The situation is becoming quite interesting to watch as Azad who would in the past present himself as the mascot for the Congress party in Jammu and Kashmir is deliberately plunging himself into oblivion, deciding not to speak on something which is party is crying about through official handouts.
Azad while talking to the media persons along with Dr Farooq when later was released from eight month long detention on March 14 pitched for the restoration of Statehood for Jammu and Kashmir and preferred not to raise any issue pertaining to the abrogation of 370 and whether the order issued on August 5, last year should be rolled back. This is meanwhile for the first time that Congress party has sent feelers about being comfortable with the scraping of JK’s special status for now.
When asked by the reporters about why instead of restoration of the JKs special status, he raised the issue about the statehood, Azad underlined the need for the resumption of political activities and audaciously ducked the question about the subtle acceptable of August 5 presidential order. More interesting to find was NC President Dr Farooq Abdullah watching with stoic silence while Azad was preferring to remain silent on what the party earlier used to term as a core issue.
Azad’s such an action had at that time sent the enough feels about the Kashmir’s mainstream political parties accepting what happened on August 5 and instead of pitching for the restoration of special status are demanding statehood for Jammu and Kashmir. “This is nothing but a major tectonic shift in the policies of the mainstream political parties. They have one by one started falling in the line and it looks all scripted from the very beginning. These political groups must have sensed that they should only demand what is achievable and restoration of the statehood looks most acceptable amid the prevailing circumstances,” says a senior political leader based in Srinagar.
Azad who has also served as the chief ministers for more than two years from 2005 to 2008 in Jammu and Kashmir demanded restoration of statehood. He highlighted how JK in spite of being one of the largest states in India was downgraded to a union territory without any compunction.
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