Sham Lal steps down as J&K Congress vice president

JAMMU : Former minister and senior leader Sham Lal Sharma on Monday stepped down as vice president of Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee.
“I have resigned from the post of vice president of J&K Congress,” Mr Sharma said here. He did not clear the specific reason of his resignation from the top post in the party. Meanwhile, sources in the Congress said that in view of ongoing differences with the state president Ghulam Ahmed Mir over disparity with Jammu issues and concerns, the former minister has resigned.
“Mr Sharma on many occasions raised issues of Jammu and its people with the president but they were not taken into consideration and were mostly ignored, which forced him to step down,” sources added.
They further said that Mr Sharma had also asked Mr Mir to project new faces and young team to strengthen the party in the state especially in Jammu in the backdrop of alleged failure of PDP-BJP government, but his suggestions were always cornered.
“Mr Sharma’s concern for Jammu and its people and discrimination in the hands of Kashmir centric leadership, forced him to quit as party vice president,” sources added. Mr Sharma was former MLA from Akhnoor constituency and he lost in 2014 as the seat was won by the BJP.



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