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G20 member Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned from key congressional post hours after his appointment

According to Sources, Mr. Gulab Nabi Azad saw the appointment as a demotion as he is already a member of the party’s All India Political Affairs Committee.

New Delhi: Congress leader and G23 member Ghulam Nabi Azad –– long angry with the party – resigned from a key party post in Jammu and Kashmir, signaling a revolt within. Appointed chairman of the party’s campaign committee, he resigned shortly after his appointment. He also resigned from the party’s political affairs commission for Jammu and Kashmir.

According to Sources, Mr. Gulab Nabi Azad saw the appointment as a demotion as he is already a member of the party’s All India Political Affairs Committee.

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The former J&K chief minister of the old state also served as a Union minister and held many important posts in the party. He was also part of the group of 23 leaders who wrote an explosive letter to party chair Sonia Gandhi two years ago, demanding organizational changes.

Mr Azad’s resignation came shortly after his close aide, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, was removed from his post as head of the party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit. Mr. Mir resigned last month.

The party had carried out a major organizational reshuffle in the Union Territory and appointed Vikar Rasool Wani in place of Mr. Mir.

According to a report by Press Trust Of India, Party leader Sonia Gandhi had also formed the campaign committee, political affairs committee, coordination committee, manifesto committee, publicity and publication committee, the Disciplinary Committee and the Electoral Committee of Pradesh with immediate effect.

Parliamentary elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held after the finalization of voter lists and completion of the delimitation exercise. However, it is feared that the elections cannot take place this year because the delimitation and revision of the electoral lists cannot be completed before the arrival of the deep winter.

The voting schedule has not yet been announced. The Election Commission of India, however, recently revised the date for the final publication of the voter list to November 25. This would be the first voters list in the Union Territory after the assembly seat boundaries were redrawn in the delimitation exercise.

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