JAMMU, June 30: Alleging injustice with Jammu region ignoring the views of grassroot level Congress workers, four senior functionaries of the State Youth Congress today announced resignations from primary membership of the party.
They include Advocate Pankaj Basotra and Dr Sahil Sharma (State vice presidents of Youth Congress), Chetan Wanchoo (State general secretary and ex national coordinator Youth Congress) and Vishu Sharma (District Youth Congress president).
Announcing their resignations during a press conference, here today, they accused the Congress party of showing scant regard towards the aspirations of Jammuites and rather giving more attention to Kashmir valley.
“At a number of occasion, the grass root party workers brought this anomaly to the notice of senior leaders but all in vain. The workers also cautioned senior leaders that if this approach continues, the same will prove detrimental in elections in the State but the same was ignored and the consequences were faced in the recently concluded Parliamentary polls,” they said.
Pankaj Basotra said that during the last membership drive, 30000 youth enrolled themselves as Youth Congress workers from Jammu region where as only 1000 youth were enrolled from the Valley but despite this, Youth Congress national president preferred Kashmir over Jammu for holding the PYC convention.
Taking a dig at J&K Congress president G A Mir, the rebel Youth Congress leaders alleged that he was a dictator who never listened to grassroot workers but was influenced by some wealthy people of the party having no base among the masses. “Some of the influential people who have not done any membership in the party, were assigned important positions like district presidents, vice president etc by G A Mir, which ultimately caused a great damage to the party,” they said and alleged that party positions were being sold by the State president.
Without naming Ghulam Nabi Azad, they also alleged that so called leaders from Jammu at national level also ruined the party only to save their Rajya Sabha seat by selling the mandate of people of Jammu to National Conference.
“So feeling suffocated in the Congress, we resign from the post and primary membership of the party,” they said and added that to carry out their future strategy, they will consult their supporters and then decide the next course of action.