JAMMU, Mar 12: Senior All India Congress Committee (AICC) leader, Incharge J&K affairs of the party and Rajya Sabha MP, Rajni Patil today claimed that Congress won’t split into two parts and party would emerge stronger in coming days in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Talking to the media persons at the sidelines of a party meeting in Srinagar today, the AICC leader said there may be difference of opinion among senior leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad or others but when it comes to the issue of contesting elections or waging struggle for party, then all are one.
“I don’t think there is any such move of split within the party or differences within the top leadership. The party is one and would contest forthcoming elections with great force in Jammu and Kashmir,” Patil said while responding to a question on possibility of split in the party.
When asked about the possible move of some G-23 leaders to have split in the party in near future, the AICC leader said, “ You may presume but I don’t think so. There may be difference of opinion on certain issues within the party leadership but I don’t see any such possibility,” she maintained.
When asked about the worst ever defeat of Congress party in five States, including UP and Punjab, Patil said the Party will go for self-introspection and discuss all the issues in detail. She said it was not only fight against BJP in UP but against some Government agencies as well in these elections. “We will discuss out shortcomings and try to remove them and further discuss strategy for upcoming polls in J&K,” she added.
The AICC leader claimed that Congress would contest elections with full strength in J&K but before that party wants restoration of Statehood to J&K. The Union Home Minister Amit Shah must fulfill his promise of Statehood. She said at present, the Delimitation exercise was going on in J&K and it should be concluded without any more delay.
On being asked about major victory of Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab and defeat of Congress, Patil said AAP has got the benefit as ‘alternative’ this time. She admitted that one of the reasons behind Congress defeat in Punjab could be differences between Capt Amrinder Singh and Sidhu and then between Sidhu and Channi. The elections were nearer and party could not get much time to get the things settled. But party would go for self introspection at next CWC meeting and will chalk out new strategy. She also admitted that not only Priyanka Gandhi but they all take collective responsibility of party debacle in Uttar Pradesh.
“Since in every State situation is different, therefore, in J&K also it will be a different case. There is sufficient time for elections here. The party would strengthen network at grass- roots level and put all efforts to secure majority in J&K UT in forthcoming Assembly elections,” Patil maintained.
Earlier, addressing party leaders and workers at Party office Srinagar, Patil expressed satisfaction to see the great enthusiasm and confidence amongst the party workers present on the occasion. She said Congress feels strong enough and ready to face the challenges unitedly. It is the responsibility of every worker to reach out to people with the policies and programmes of the Party.
Patil expressed confidence that Congress will defeat the wrong policies of the present dispensation responsible for the chaos especially rising unemployment, inflation and various pressing issues concerning people across the country. Patil urged the workers to reach out to every section of the people with the porgrammes and policies of the Party.
JKPCC president Ghulam Ahmed Mir said that Congress has experienced many ups and downs in the past, but the Party never compromised on its principles while playing constructive role in the larger interest of the Nation.
Working president Raman Bhalla said that it was a heartening situation to see the confidence and courage of the party workers in Kashmir while describing the impressive workers convention as a signal that Congress Party is capable enough to fight back. He said Party won’t be cowed down by the false propaganda on the part of its adversaries especially BJP.
CWC Member Tariq Hameed Karra lamented the fact that every section of the people in the country is the victim of the wrong policies of the present dispensation, which is to be blamed for losses caused to people on account of employment, inflation and lack of development, though there have been tall claims with regard to the development on the part of BJP Government, but in reality, the people are witnessing losses on every front. Karra expressed confidence that Congress Party will emerge stronger in coming days.
Senior Party leaders Haji Abdul Rashid, Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Surinder Singh Channi, Indu Pawar, Deepika Rajawat, Udhay Banu Chib and others also spoke on the occasion.