Ghulam Nabi Azad finally jumps in to contain Narendra Modi in Jammu
With a huge gathering accompanying him to file his nomination at Kathua, a ‘reluctant’ Ghulam Nabi Azad finally jumped in to contain Modi influence at home.
“The party that can not respect its senior leaders can not think of common man,” Azad told a huge cheering crowd. “These leaders have contributed immensely to this party but they were ditched by its leadership which is shocking.”
Azad whose popularity in the region transcends faiths and communities said there is no Modi wave. “Where is it? I have not seen it,” Azad said. “The wave is deliberately being created and media is giving it a hype.” Azad said the wave will evaporate the day counting starts. “We have worked a lot in all these years and UPA-3 will form the next government,” Azad said.
Earlier, Azad told reporters in Jammu that two things negate the existence of Modi wave. Firstly, BJP was unable to find safe and secure seats for its top leaders. Secondly, for obvious lack of faces in the party, it fielded actors from Bollywood and regional cinema.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah assured Azad that J&K will give all the six seats to UPA that will form the government under Rahul Gandhi. “Azad Sahab, you have lot many responsibilities. I am requesting you to please attend those responsibilities and we will take care of the elections here,” Omar told Azad. “You consider it is Omar contesting, not you.”
Omar said the BJP has been resorting to India Shining campaigns since Atal Behari Vajpayee’s Prime Ministership. “But it did not click and the party is out of power for last 10 years,” Omar, who was part of Vajpayee government, said. “This time, too, they are talking about a wave which does not exist. It might be outside but not here (J&K).”
While PCC Chief Prof Saif ud Din Soz led the entire Congress team, Chief Minister Omar drove with most of his ministers to be part of the function, but it was Lal Singh who made his importance felt by his absence. Singh represented the Udhampur seat twice but was replaced by the party on cadres request this time. Party sources said an angry Singh has assured all support to Azad but has gone to Delhi, apparently to register his protest with Rahul.
Azad’s candidacy is considered vital in limiting Modi’s influence on the two seats. While Azad will sweep Udhampur-Doda segment with a huge lead, coalition insiders said it will have a positive impact on the voter’s in neighbouring Jammu-Poonch. In his Udhampur seat, Azad is facing a weak BJP candidate but his advantage is massive support that he would get from his home Chenab Valley belt.
A few days ahead of the model code of conduct was implemented, Azad announced five medical colleges in the state – two in the constituency he is contesting from and another from Poonch.