Azad sidelined?

Azad sidelined?
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Factionalism within the Congress party has hit a new low as the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad has reportedly announced that he would not be a part of the election campaigning in the state.
According to the media reports president of All India Congress Committee Rahul Gandhi has given the charge of the election campaign in J&K to the incumbent JKPCC president Ghulam Ahmed Mir and Azad has been placed at no. 3. According to the new setup Azad would have to follow the directions of Mir. This has infuriated Azad and he has disassociated himself from the committees which have been constituted by Rahul.
There are reports that loyalists of the former J&K Chief Minister too have been sidelined by the present lobby of the leaders active in the state. The leaders who belonged to Azad’s camp have been ignored and only former Congress ministers have been made a part of the various committees entrusted with the job to reach out to the people.
Congress losing power in 2014 had led to party leaders disappearing from the scene and them getting scattered. In fact many small parties have hijacked the agenda of the Congress party in Jammu region. It seems the AICC president has reposed faith on G A Mir as he has remained active in Jammu as well as Kashmir despite Congress not being in power. This factor seems to have gone in Mir’s favour and it seems Rahul has changed the strategy and has preferred Mir over Azad to revive Congress in J&K. Azad is a veteran Congress leader and it remains to be seen whether he would allow Mir to lead the election campaign or he would prevail upon Rahul Gandhi and make him change his decision?