The nephew of senior congressional leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mubashir Azad, joined the BJP on Sunday, saying he was “influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development work on the ground floor”.
Mubashir Azad, the son of Ghulam Nabi Azad’s youngest brother, Liaqat Ali, also said his uncle was “disrespected” by the Congress leadership, which hurt him and led him to part with the big old party. .
However, he claimed that he had not discussed the plan to join the BJP with his uncle.
Mubashir Azad and his supporters were welcomed to the party group by Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina and other senior leaders including ex-MLA Daleep Singh Parihar. Raina’s joining the saffron party has been described as a “turning point” that will pave the way for more young activists from the Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts of the Chenab Valley region to join the party.
“The BJP is growing rapidly with the entry of opposition political leaders, social workers from all communities, be they Hindus, Muslims, Gujjars, Bakarwals and Paharis,” he said.
In April 2009, Azad’s brother Ghulam Ali had also joined the BJP.
Mubashir Azad said: “The (Congress) party is engaged in infighting…while under the leadership of Modi, the work for the well-being of the people on the ground is taking place.” “The way the Congress treated (Ghulam Nabi) Azad, one of the party’s charismatic leaders and former prime minister, has hurt the feelings of the masses.
“He was praised by the Prime Minister for his service to the nation, but was sidelined by the party,” Mubashir said.
Azad was part of the G-23, a group of dissenting congressional leaders who wrote to party chairman Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 demanding an organizational overhaul.
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