J-K Congress workers revolt against sitting legislator G A Saroori, threaten mass resignation

The dispute in the Congress party came a month after former minister Sham Lal Sharma resigned as senior vice president of the state unit in protest against J-K party chief G A Mir's alleged failure.

Published: 29th June 2018 07:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th June 2018 07:24 PM   |  A+A-

Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief GA Mir (File | PTI)

By PTI

JAMMU: A group of Congress workers in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir today threatened to quit the party if the sitting legislator from Inderwal seat, G M Saroori, is retained as its candidate in the next assembly polls.

The public bickering in the Congress came a month after former minister Sham Lal Sharma resigned as senior vice president of the state unit in protest against J-K party chief G A Mir's alleged failure to address the issues faced by the people of Jammu region.

The Congress workers foresee early assembly elections in the state in the wake of BJP withdrawing support to the PDP-led government paving way for the imposition of Governor's rule.

Nearly two dozen Congress workers, including Pradesh Congress Committee and District Congress Committee members, said they were forced to revolt against MLA Saroori because of the alleged failure of the party leadership to "take note of our complaints."

State Congress chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma, when contacted, said: "The party has taken note of the matter and will take appropriate action to address their grievances if they are genuine workers of the party. G M Saroori is vice president of the party, a former minister and three-time MLA enjoying popular support of the people of his constituency. Nobody has ever made any complaint against him," Sharma said.

He said it was wrong on the part of the workers to go to the press directly, without meeting party chief Mir in Jammu.

Saroori is alleged of practising nepotism by the party workers and leaders.

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