Ghulam Nabi Azad’s letter is factually incorrect, and the timing is terrible, Congress said in response to the 73-year-old former Congress veteran’s scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi. While acknowledging Mr Azad’s contributions to the party, Congress spokespersons called his resignation “unfortunate” at a time when the party is preparing for a massive nationwide mobilisation against the ruling BJP.
“We have read the letter released to the media by veteran Congress leader Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad. It is particularly unfortunate that this has occurred at a time when Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi, Shri Rahul Gandhi, and the entire party organisation are fighting the BJP on public issues such as mehangai (price rise), berozgaari (unemployment), and polarisation, and when final preparations are being made for the Mehangai par Hallo Bol rally in New Delhi on September 4th, and the launch of the Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari on September 7, ” the party stated.
Party General Secretary Jairam Ramesh also questioned the contents of Mr Azad’s letter.
The contents of the letter are not factual, and the timing is terrible, he said.
Mr Azad, Azad, who was part of the G-23 dissident group advocating for a change in party leadership and organisation, resigned the party today, blasting Rahul Gandhi for “childish behaviour,” “glaring immaturity,” and allowing a “coterie of untrained sycophants” to rule the party.
In his explosive letter, Ghulam Nabi Azad pulled no punches, claiming that Sonia Gandhi is “just a nominal figurehead” and that important decisions are made by “Rahul Gandhi or, worse, his security guards and PAs (personal assistants).”