Former Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that only the Congress can challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, while the Aam Aadmi Party is “only a party in the Union Territory of Delhi”. After breaking his decades-old ties with the Congress party, Azad said he was not against its policy of secularism, but against its weak system. Azad said, “Though I have parted ways with the Congress, I was not against their policy of secularism. It was only because of the weakening of the party system. I still want the Congress to win the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections. Do well. ‘Aap’ is not capable of doing this.”
Expressing confidence in the Congress, he said that the party runs with Hindus, Muslims and farmers. He said that the Aam Aadmi Party cannot do anything in these states. He has failed in Punjab and the people of Punjab will not vote for him again.
Launching a scathing attack on the Aam Aadmi Party, Azad said, “Aam Aadmi Party is only a party of UT Delhi. They cannot run Punjab efficiently. Only Congress can challenge BJP in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh because its An inclusive policy.”
When Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman hinted at the Centre’s idea of restoring statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, he said they have raised the issue several times and if the central government does so, it is a welcome move. PLC/GT