AICC in-charge of J&K affairs Rajni Patil called a meeting to discuss results of the recently held District Development Councils (DDCs) elections in J&K on January 10. Supporters of Congress stalwart Ghulam Nabi Azad boycotted this crucial meeting and so, are expected to face action for it. All leaders who are close to Ghulam Nabi, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, have ‘boycotted’ this ‘important’ meeting.
Sources told that most of the leaders present in the meeting were of the opinion that all those should be punished who decided to remain absent despite the fact they were aware that Rajni Patil was specially coming for this meeting only. AICC incharge of J&K has also decided to pursue this matter very seriously that Azad loyalists were absent from the meeting. Patil has directed J&K Congress chief G A Mir to demand reason of absence from these leaders for boycotting the meeting. Show cause notices are also planned to be served to most of the loyalists of Ghulam Nabi Azad as they are repeatedly boycotting meetings headed by AICC incharge from time to time, sources said.
Earlier, Azad loyalists have also boycotted the meeting convened by Rajni Patil in October 2020.
Rajni Patil is at a two-day stay at Jammu. During this time period, she held detailed discussions with senior leaders of the party to chalk out reasons for the poor performance of the party in the recently held DDCs elections. All senior Congress leaders were called to participate in these meetings but all of Azad’s loyalists have repeatedly stayed away from these meetings.
Congress performed poorly in the DDCs elections because of internal fighting and wrong distribution of tickets. When other parties were giving tickets to deserving candidates, senior Congress leaders were distributing seat tickets for their loyalists and which ultimately caused humiliating defeat of the party in Jammu, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur districts where party failed beyond expectations. Congress couldn’t even score a single seat in Jammu, Samba and Udhampur districts.