Senior Congress leader and former minister Abdul Gani Vakil resigned from the party over the elevation of G A Mir as party state president. Vakil blamed Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his decision.
Vakil, known to be close to former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, has broken ties with the party after 40 years.
“I will be the last person to accept the leadership of G A Mir, being the junior-most and possessing doubtful credentials,” Vakil said. “The appointment of PCC president by Congress high command was arbitrary, undemocratic and unfortunate, and this unilateral decision has risked the party’s future to a greater extent in J&K.”
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Mir, the Congress state president, who is considered close to Sonia Gandhi, was one of the prime accused in the Srinagar sex abuse scandal, but was acquitted by court after witnesses in the case turned hostile.
Vakil said he had put forward his reservations, but despite promises they weren’t looked into by the party high command.
“Despite holding parleys with senior leaders after recognising the dissent and reservations over the new incumbent, Congress high command made commitments and held out assurances to me and other senior leaders for reconsidering the appointment of G A Mir as PCC chief,” he said. “But for reasons best known to Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, neither the commitments, nor the assurances were respected despite the lapse of over five months,” Vakil said.
Vakil blamed the Congress high command for “deliberately ruining the party” in the state. “This type of revamping by high command solely glorified tainted and corrupt persons, and subsequently rendered the services and sincerity of leaders inglorious and showered humiliation and disrespect to them,” he said. “Now the party is completely in the control and command of not only tainted persons, but those against whom serious corruption cases are still pending in Vigilance, Accountability Commission and other courts”.
The former minister said that in the past, similar policies of party have forced many senior leaders to leave the party. “Due to this callous approach and precedence of dumping mass base leaders by the high command in the past, leaders like Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Pt. Mangat Ram Sharma, Late Gh. Rasool Kar and even Late Mr. Abdul Gani Lone, once considered pillars of Congress in Jammu and Kashmir, were forced to leave the party in a state of arranged and managed humiliation,” he said.