From ‘shocked to ‘betrayed’, here’s how Congress leaders reacted to Azad’s exit

Ghulam Nabi Azad/ File Photo: PTI

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday resigned from all party positions, including its primary membership, ahead of organisational elections and accused the leadership of committing "fraud" on the party in the name of "sham" internal polls.

Reacting to the development, senior Congress leaders took to social media and some others replied to the questions of media persons over the matter.

Congress general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh subtly attributed Azad’s resignation to PM Narendra Modi and noted that Azad’s ‘DNA has been modi-fied’.

Interestingly, Congress veteran Anand Sharma sees his exit as shocking and said ‘situation was entirely avoidable’.

Former Haryana chief minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda said Azad’s resignation from all party positions, including its primary membership, was "unfortunate".

He also said when a senior leader takes such a step, it does make an impact on the party organisation.

"It is unfortunate, that is what I can say," Hooda told PTI when asked about Azad's decision.

"He (Azad) has been a Congressman throughout," he added.

Some other reactions are as follows:

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