The Congress Party made organisational changes in their Jammu and Kashmir unit on Tuesday. It named Vikar Rasool Wani as its new president while appointing his mentor and veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as Chairman of the Campaign Committee. It is speculated that the election process is in the hastened mode in the union territory.
However, Ghulam Nabi Azad, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, has turned down the offer. Azad is a prominent member of the G23 faction of the Congress, which has been vocal in its criticism of the leadership, calling for organisational reforms.
If accepted, Azad would have served as the chairman of the 11-member Campaign Committee with Tariq Ahmed Karra as Vice Chairman.
The Congress leadership recently had a brainstorming session in Delhi to overhaul its Jammu and Kashmir uni. Gulam Nabi Azad was reportedly requested to play a more active role in the state.
Wani will succeed Ghulam Ahmed Mir, who recently announced his resignation as the internal turmoil in the party grew more intense. Raman Bhalla has taken over as the new Working President. Mir will now be Chairman of the 110member Coordination committee. Saifuddin Soz will head the 12-member Manifesto committee.
The Political Affairs Committee which is led by Karra includes Mir, Saifuddin Soz and six other people also including Azad as one of the members.
Additionally, names have been approved for the Publicity and Publication, Disciplinary and Pradesh Election committees by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The Pradesh election committee will be led by Wani.