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Congress Respects All Religions, People and Castes Equally: Ghulam Nabi Azad | India News


JAMMU: The strength of Congress is that it ‘equally respects’ all religions, people and castes, veteran party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said at a ‘Shanti Sammelan’ in Jammu on Saturday.
“Whether it is Jammu, Kashmir or Ladakh, we respect all religions, people and castes. We respect everyone equally, that is our strength and we will continue this,” Azad said.
Azad’s statement came after congressional leader Rahul Gandhi’s “North-South” comment, which came while he was addressing a public demonstration in Thiruvananthapuram earlier this week.
Azad was joined by Congressional leaders Anand Sharma, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kapil Sibbal, Raj Babbar and Vivek Tankha during the ‘Shanti Sammelan’ in Jammu.
Most of these leaders are seen as dissidents from the party, also known as G-23 (or the group of 23 dissident leaders, who had questioned the party’s functioning in a letter to interim president Sonia Gandhi).
Azad, speaking about the presence of senior party leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, said: “These leaders are here because, in the last five or six years, all these friends have spoken no less than I in Parliament on Jammu and Kashmir issues. Kashmir, its unemployment, the stripping of statehood, the end of industries and education, and the implementation of the GST. ”
On condition of anonymity, yesterday a senior leader of the G-23 Congress told ANI that the event in Jammu is a “show of the party’s strength” and a message to Rahul Gandhi: “We will tell the country that from north to south, India is one “.
Last year, in August, the G-23 leaders through a letter to the Acting President of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, expressed their dissatisfaction and urged the main leaders of Congress to carry out immediate reforms, including organizational elections since the grassroots up to the level of the Congressional Working Committee (CWC). .
Today, they are once again in arms against the Gandhi family and their loyal close circle who hold key positions in the party and parliament.
The BJP leaders harshly criticized Rahul Gandhi after saying: “For the first 15 years, I was a deputy in the north. I got used to a different kind of politics. For me, coming to Kerala was refreshing, as I suddenly discovered that people are interested in problems and not only superficially, but in delving into problems. ”

Times of India