The Congress was not defeated by BJP or PDP in the state but from the groupism and ignoring the party workers while in government, Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir said on Sunday.
"Congress was not defeated by the BJP, NC or PDP but people within the party due to groupism and also sidelining and ignoring workers while the party was in rule," Mir told
Congress workers in presence of leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Gulam Nabi Azad here.
Mir, who was addressing one-day convention of district Congress here on Sunday, said "Congress has been damaged from within by our own people. I will have zero-tolerance against those people who are out to damage the party even if it would be my close people".
Mir, who took over as the state party chief in March this year following debacle in Assembly polls in the state, said "During my over 60 days of assessment after taking over as party chief, I found two main reasons for debacle of Congress in Assembly polls."
While one is groupism within the party and another is ignoring Congress workers by the party leadership while party was in rule, he said.
"Since 2002, Congress was in rule for 12 years, we had ministers, MoSs and people at top places in the state government, but we ignored workers and activists and gave no respect and dignity to them," Mir said.
"They were behind our victory in 2002 and 2008 assembly elections, but they were lax during 2014 elections which resulted in our defeat," state Congress chief said.
Calling for ending groupism and respecting party workers, Mir said we should close five and six doors of powers and factions in Congress to make it powerful.
"Workers are backbone of Congress and we will empower them", he said. "I am a grassroot worker and my first important party component is my grassroot worker."
On his being made party president, he said, "I have not come via parachute to head Congress but I am grassroot worker. I am not son of any minister or anybody else."
Azad complimented Mir for his being made party chief in J&K and said, "Mir sahib is grassroot-level worker and have activated and given boost to morale of the workers in just two months period."
"I want to congratulate him (Mir). He had made party vibrant in just a short span of time," Azad said.
Azad, however, said that groupism is a national ailment in the Congress and time has come to stamp it out.