Ghulam Nabi Azad refutes reports of rejoining Congress, says rumours being planted by some Congress leaders

Former Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad has denied reports that he is considering a return to the Congress. Terming these reports as shocking, Azad said that such reports are being spread in the media by a section of Congress leaders to demoralize the workers of Azad’s new party. He asked Congress leaders to desist from spreading such rumours.

“I am shocked to see the story filed by ANI correspondent about my rejoining Congress party. Unfortunately, such stories are being created right now by a section of leaders in Congress party and it is not only about my leaders and to demoralize supporters. I bear no ill will towards Congress party and its leadership, however, I request them to stop these habitual storytellers from doing so. Once again I would like to emphasize That this story is completely baseless!’ Azad said on Twitter.

Some media reports claimed that Azad may return to the party as Congress veterans are working behind the scenes for an amicable formula for his return to the party. Quoting sources, the report said that the change of power in the party and the recent victory in Himachal Pradesh has forced both the factions to re-think their stand. Before assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, Azad had said that only the Congress could fight the BJP, not the AAP, and Digvijaya Singh had then invited him to join the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Recently, Azad had expressed differences with BJP on the issue of Kashmiri Pandits. Azad has formed his own party – the Democratic Progressive Azad Party – and is on a tour of his home state. As the Bharat Jodo Yatra is about to enter his state of Kashmir, if things go favourable, he may join the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Except Azad, G-23 leaders Anand Sharma, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Manish Tiwari are still in the party and have been given prominence in the party.

Azad had resigned in August following his differences with the party high command and had targeted Rahul Gandhi and his coterie. He joined the Congress in the mid-1970s and held several important positions in both the party and the government. (with agency inputs)