In a major setback to the Congress ahead of the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, senior party leader Anand Sharma on Sunday resigned from the chairmanship of the party’s steering committee for the state.
Sources said that Anand Sharma, in a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, said that his self-respect is “non-negotiable” and he has resigned from the post.
Sharma’s resignation comes soon after another leader of the G23 group – a group of senior party leaders pushing for a collective leadership in the party – Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned as the chairman of the campaign committee in Jammu and Kashmir a few days ago. had given
Sharma has told the Congress President that he has been overlooked in the consultation process. However, he told Gandhi that he would continue to campaign for party candidates in the state.
The former Union minister and deputy leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha was appointed as the chairman of the steering committee in Himachal Pradesh on April 26.
Both Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma are prominent leaders of the G23 faction who have been critical of the decisions of the party leadership. The group of prominent stalwarts, including Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Manish Tewari, have been pushing for genuine elections from the block to the CWC level.
Sharma, who is considered one of the tallest leaders of Himachal Pradesh, has reportedly said in his letter to the Congress president that his self-respect has been hurt as he was not consulted or invited to any party meeting. Is.
The Congress is trying to wrest power from the BJP in Himachal Pradesh in the assembly elections to be held later this year.
Sharma, who first contested the assembly elections in 1982 and was given a Rajya Sabha ticket by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, has been a Rajya Sabha member since then and has held several key positions in the party.
(with PTI inputs)