Rahul Gandhi's security guards, PAs take decisions: Ghulam Nabi Azad's 10 quotes

Published on Aug 26, 2022 12:10 PM IST

When Rahul Gandhi resigned from the post of the party president in 2019, he had insulted all senior party functionaries, Ghulam Nabi Azad revealed in his explosive letter.

In his 5-page resignation letter, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad tore into the party, the leadership and the Congress. 
In his 5-page resignation letter, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad tore into the party, the leadership and the Congress. 
By | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday resigned from the Congress dropping a five-page letter bomb criticising how the party is functioning today. His attacks are targetted at Rahul Gandhi whom Ghulam Nabi Azad blamed for the situation of the party.

Here is what he wrote:

1. “After the entry of Shri Rahul Gandhi into politics and particularly after January, 2013 when he was appointed as vice president by you, the entire consultative mechanism which existed earlier was demolished by him.”

2. “One of the most glaring examples of this immaturity was the tearing up of a government ordinance in the full glare of the media by Shri Rahul Gandhi.”

3. “Since the 2019 elections the situation in the party has only worsened. After Sh. Rahul Gandhi stepped down in a huff and not before insulting all the senior party functionaries who have given their lives to the party in a meeting of the extended working committee, you took over as interim president.”

Read the full text of Ghulam Nabi Azad's 5-page resignation letter

4. “Worse still the 'remote control model' that demolished the institutional integrity of the UPA government now got applied to the Indian National Congress. While you are just a nominal figurehead all the important decisions were being taken by Shri Rahul Gandhi or worse his security guards and PAs.”

5. “The situation in the Congress party has reached such a point of no return that now proxies are being propped up to take over the leadership of the party. The experiment is doomed to fail because the party has been so comprehensively destroyed that situation has become irretrievable. Moreover, the 'chosen one' would be nothing more than a puppet on a string."

6. “Unfortunately, at the National level we have conceded the political space available to us to the BJP and state level space to regional parties. This all happened because the leadership in the past 08 years has tried to foist a non-serious individual at the helm of the party."

7. The entire organisational election process is a farce and a sham...Handpicked lieutenants of the AICC has been coerced to sign on lists prepared by the coterie that runs the AICC sitting in 24 Akbar Road. At no place in a booth, block, district or state was an electoral roll published, nominations invited, scrutinised, polling booths set up and elections held. The AICC leadership is squarely responsible for perpetrating a giant fraud on the party to perpetuate its hold on the ruins of what once was a national movement that fought for attained the Independence of India.”

8. On the direction of the coterie that runs the AICC today, my mock funeral procession was taken out in Jammu. Those who committed this indiscipline were feted in Delhi by the General Secretaries of the AICC and Shri Rahul Gandhi personally.”

9. The only crime committed by the 23 senior leaders who wrote that letter out of concern for the party is that they pointed out both the reasons for the weaknesses in the party and the remedies thereof. Unfortunately, instead of taking those views on board in a constructive and cooperative manner we were abused, humiliated, insulted and vilified in a specially summoned meeting of the extended CWC meeting.”

10. The Indian National Congress has lost both the will and the ability under the tutelage of the coterie that runs the AICC to fight for what is right for India. In fact, before starting Bharath Jodo Yatra, the leadership should have undertaken a Congress Jodo exercise across the country.”

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