Ghulam Nabi Azad, a former minister in the Union government who left the Congress party not too long ago, said on Sunday that he would announce the creation of his new political party within the next ten days. He also declared that the ideology of his new party will be “azad.”
The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir has said that the goals of the new political party would be to fight for the rights of the people to employment and land as well as to restore Jammu and Kashmir’s status as a sovereign state.
Addressing his first public meeting after resigning from the Congress at Dak Bungalow in north Kashmir’s Baramulla, Azad said, “I thank my colleagues who are standing by me and are the bedrock of my new party, which will be announced within the next 10 days.”
My party will be free. Many of my colleagues said we should keep the party’s name, Azad. But, I never said never. But, its ideology will be independent, and will not be included or merged with anyone else. It can happen after my death, but not till then.
On August 26, Azad snapped his five-decade-long ties with the Congress, saying the party was “completely finished”, accusing former Congress president Rahul Gandhi of “demolishing” the entire consultative mechanism of the party.